Western Free Press http://www.westernfreepress.com Straight News & Strong Opinion. Arizona Politics and Arizona Elections Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:41:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit for Clinton Email Metadata http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/judicial-watch-files-lawsuit-for-clinton-email-metadata/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/judicial-watch-files-lawsuit-for-clinton-email-metadata/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:41:29 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/judicial-watch-files-lawsuit-for-clinton-email-metadata/ By Brandon Cockerham

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced it filed a lawsuit seeking access to two of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails in their original, native format (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-01414)). The native format contains metadata, which provides details such as server information and hidden email recipients.

In May 2015, the State Department posted to its website several emails alleged returned by Clinton to the State Department late last year. In July, Judicial Watch submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking for email “as it was sent” for two of the emails – one by Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Sunday, August 21, 2011, from her AbedinH@state.gov email address, and the other email “as it was received” by Jacob Sullivan on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at his sullivanjj@state.gov email address. Alternatively, if the State Department could not produce the emails in their native format, Judicial Watch requested that the agency produce records that would identify the information contained in the email headers.

The State Department did not respond to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, even though it acknowledged receiving it on July 9.

Judicial Watch’s lawsuit requests that the court order the State Department to produce the two emails promptly.

A separate Judicial Watch lawsuit forced the State Department to demand that Clinton’s then-top State Department aides, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, return all copies, both electronic and paper, of government records in their position. Notably, the State Department had not demanded the same of Mrs. Clinton, even though federal law also prohibits her from keeping government records.

There remains a question of whether Mrs. Clinton used a hrod17@clintonemail.com email address to conduct official State Department business. Although Mrs. Clinton claims that that email address was not created until 2013, the paper copy of the email sent to Jacob Sullivan on July 7, 2012 that was returned by Mrs. Clinton to the State Department shows the “from” email address as hrod17@clintonemail.com. The requested native copy or its metadata will definitely answer from what email address the email was sent.

“The State Department is violating federal law in refusing to respond to our simple request about two emails that can answer many questions about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The fact that Mrs. Clinton only provided paper copies of her emails was not accidental. Both she and the State Department have something to hide.”


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50th anniversary of Iran’s PMOI celebrated in the UK http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/50th-anniversary-of-irans-pmoi-celebrated-in-the-uk/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/50th-anniversary-of-irans-pmoi-celebrated-in-the-uk/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:30:17 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=657453 The Anglo-Iranian community in the UK, supporters of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), exile Iranians and proponents of a free and democratic Iran, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the PMOI at an event in London on Saturday, August 29.

Participants commemorated the memory of hundreds of thousands innocent victims of the Iranian regime during the last 36 years, who have been tortured, imprisoned and executed only because they rejected the absolute rule of the Clergy and steadfastly defended the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people. They also expressed support for the Iranian Resistance, the 10-point plan for a future Iran presented by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), while promising to continue their endeavors to bring about democratic change in their homeland, Iran.

In its press release, the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF) with major support in both Houses of Parliament said “[We join] Iranians, both in exile and inside the country, to salute members of the PMOI in Camp Liberty and the Iranian Resistance movement for their sacrifices and principled struggle to bring freedom and democracy to Iran.”

The British lawmakers added, “[Their] democratic stance made the PMOI and its members, the main target of [Tehran’s] political violence and defamation propaganda. The Iranian regime has executed 120,000, including 30,000 political prisoners massacred during the summer of 1988, a majority of whom were members, or activists of the PMOI, in an effort to annihilate the organized political opposition to the theocratic rule.”

“However, due to its grassroots support among the Iranians at home and in exile it has kept striving for establishment of democracy in Iran. The PMOI has been the driving force in the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the coalition of Iranian groups and personalities dedicated to democratic change in Iran, headed by Maryam Rajavi.”

Several cross-party members of both Houses of Parliament sent messages of solidarity to Saturday’s gathering while women’s rights activists, a former senior UN official, a member of the UK House of Lords and youths from the Anglo-Iranian community addressed the event, supporting the cause of freedom and human rights in Iran.

In his remarks, Lord Clarke of Hampstead, Former Chairman of the UK’s Labour Party and a long-time member of the BPCIF, praised the 50 years of unrelenting campaigning for basic human rights and justice for the oppressed people of Iran and said “according to Amnesty International if current execution rates continue nearly a thousand people will be executed during this year. That is hardly the act of a regime that enjoys the support of its people as claimed by the senior Iranian regime officials and leaders. Well what the world has seen since 1979 is a theocratic regime afraid of its own people.”

He added, “We dream of a nuclear free Iran and I promise you I will stand with you and the PMOI, as you continue to endeavor to bring about a democratic change in Iran … I will continue to call on our government to adopt the firm policy of publicly supporting the democratic Iranian opposition; the 10-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi – a plan which is based on decency, equality for women, the right to talk, the right to associate.”

With regard to the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of PMOI (MEK) members in Camp Liberty, created at the behest of the mullahs in Iran, Lord Clarke said, “In recent years we’ve witnessed the tragedy of [Camp] Ashraf and the continuing ill-treatment of residents of Camp Liberty. If ever there was a place so misnamed it’s Camp Liberty; it’s a complete opposite to what the word liberty means. It’s a place which I’ve always described since the people were moved there from Ashraf as a concentration camp and I still believe that to be true … One step in this direction [publicly supporting the democratic Iranian opposition] is for our government to take immediate measure in the UN and EU to secure the safety of PMOI members in Camp Liberty.”

Lady Val Corbett, a women’s rights activist and the wife of the late Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, the founder of the BPCIF, said “He [Lord Corbett] always remembered the residents in Camp Ashraf, calling them the bravest of the brave and now that Ashraf is no more, alas, I know he would say the same courage exists in the residents of Camp Liberty.”

Echoing Lord Clarke’s remarks with regard to Camp Liberty, she said, “I join him [Lord Clarke] to ask why the 4th Geneva Convention has not been recognized and protected those residents. Especially acting to ensure the inhumane medical siege imposed at the behest of the Iranians, by the way, that should be lifted and immediately.”

“Since 1979, this murderous regime has been at war with its own people. Tens of thousands have been killed and the prisons are full of so-called political prisoners, many on the flimsiest of evidence. About 2000 people have been executed since the ‘libertarian’ president came to power two years ago”, she said in regard to the alarming rise of the executions in Iran under Hassan Rouhani.

Lady Corbett added, “That’s hardly a regime that enjoys the support of the people. But the West is turning a blind eye … so the PMOI has never been more needed than it is today. Your activities expose the mullahs’ repressive tactics to the international community to those millions in Iran who cry freedom and yearn for a better future and a nuclear free Iran. Today I call, as I’ve always called in the past, for our government to support the 10-point plan of Madam Rajavi.”

Speaking with first-hand experience on dealing with the residents of Camp Liberty and Camp Ashraf as the former Chief of the Human Rights Office of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Dr Tahar Boumedra, said, “I’m here today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the main Iranian resistance movement, the PMOI. These are courageous people, and I had the chance to meet them on the ground, in Iraq … They were committed to high standards of human values and they were fighting and prepared to give the ultimate for their beliefs.”

“I would also like to remind the UN that they made a promise and that they should fulfill it; this promise was that once the Ashrafis moved to Liberty they will be treated as refugees. Tonight I call up on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to fulfill his promises and to declare Camp Liberty as a refugee camp … I call on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to deliver the cards [refugee ID cards] without any delay because this will save lives and will save a lot of misery to the Ashrafis,” Dr Boumedra proposed as the most viable solution to prevent another humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq.

In her remarks, Rana Rahmanfard, in her teens, whose uncle was executed by the Iranian regime at the age of 19, highlighted the deteriorating situation of youths in Iran and said, “Everyday there is news about the youth being arrested, having to give up their education to be able to work and provide for their family and sleeping on the streets in cardboard boxes … With thousands of similarly painful stories, I think to myself, what will become of the future for Iran? There should be hope and place for a free and peaceful Iran that could be found. I have found that Iran in the eyes of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and her freedom lovers … and I have that hope in the PMOI, who has dedicated 50 years of fighting, sacrifice and loyalty to the people of Iran … So now on the 50th anniversary I pledge alongside all the Iranian youth in Iran [to continue to struggle for a free and democratic Iran].”

Naghmeh Rajabi, another young member of the Anglo-Iranian community said, “Like thousands of families, many of which are present here today, me and my family have experienced the brutality of the Iranian regime, losing members of our family and friends, two of which were my dear aunts. Miss Afsaneh Rajabi, executed at the young age of only 22, and Ms Zahra Rajabi, who [was] one of the leading women in the Iranian Resistance whose life was stolen when she was assassinated in Turkey by the Iranian agents. Their crime? Fighting for freedom, democracy, equality and justice.”

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of my sisters and brothers at PMOI, as I believe today is a celebration of your hard work and I am proud to call myself a small member of this resistance movement. I ask God to give us the strength to continue our support in every way possible so that we can reach our common goal and free our beautiful homeland, Iran, from the hands of the ruling dictators as soon as possible”, she concluded.

Farzaneh Hosseini, lawyer and a young human rights activist, said, “I am well aware that women and men my own age in Iran do not have a voice, and the PMOI has taught me that I must be their voice, I must do all I can to end the oppression they face – and I and my friends among the Iranian youth in this country will continue to be their voice, and will continue to fight, until we replace the murderous theocracy in Iran with a government that listens to and represents our youth and our people.”

“I am proud to be able to stand before you on the 50th anniversary of the founding of this organization. An organization which not just the mullahs, but also the Shah, so stupidly thought that they could erase. We Iranian youth of today are living proof that you cannot erase or defeat the PMOI by any means, because they are just and their fight is just. Indeed, sadly for the mullahs, in the face of any pressures faced, our children of tomorrow will be living proof of this too”, she added, refuting the theocratic regime currently ruling Iran.

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Ferguson: The Nightmare Continues http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/ferguson-the-nightmare-continues/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/ferguson-the-nightmare-continues/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:00:16 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=606089 It’s too bad that schmucks like Bull Connor gave firehoses such a bad image back in the 1960s when he and his goons trained them on black people who merely had the audacity to think they should be allowed to vote, go to school, ride a bus and share a lunch counter, with white people.

I say that because every time I see the morons in Ferguson and those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, I find myself thinking how much I’d enjoy seeing the swine hosed off stages, podiums and the streets of our cities.

On the other hand, I don’t find myself lamenting the fact that they shout down the cowardly likes of Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. It’s not that I would ever endorse the mob’s having its brutish way and silencing anyone who’s merely attempting to take advantage of his right to free speech, even if it is to utter left-wing twaddle. But I do enjoy seeing these guys, who couldn’t win elections without garnering super majorities of black votes, having to expose their cowardice, lest word get out that they had the guts to face down a swarm of ignorant blacks.

I know that a lot of people like it when Trump attacks the media, but I’m not one of them. It’s not because I respect the media, but because it’s an old trick that was perfected, but then overused, by Newt Gingrich, in 2012. Someone would, for instance, ask Gingrich to explain how he could bring himself to divorce one wife, who was then in the hospital with cancer, so he could marry another, presumably healthy, woman, and instead of dealing with the question, Gingrich would then chastise the reporter for asking it. Well, character matters or at least is supposed to, so I wanted to hear his answer, not a fire-and-damnation sermon from St. Newt.

Admittedly, it got Newt a great deal of applause in the arena from conservatives who were justifiably sick and tired of liberal bias in the news. But by the fourth or fifth time he tried it, people began to catch on that he was a one-trick pony.

It just so happens that it was a question I would have asked Gingrich because the matter was very much in the news at the time. And if Donald Trump has made it a practice to insult women, and hadn’t limited it to his little feud with Rosie O’Donnell, I want to know about it. Furthermore, in responding to the question by insulting Megyn Kelly, he didn’t provide me with a suitable answer, merely a very strong suspicion that he is guilty as charged.

That shouldn’t be taken to mean that I think women should never be attacked. It depends on who they are, and who’s doing the attacking. So, I have long been engaged in telling the truth about female leftists, such as Mrs. Clinton, Maxine Waters, Barbara Boxer, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Sheila Jackson Lee, Patty Murray, Nancy Pelosi and Valerie Jarrett, all of whom have played major roles in helping Barack Obama destroy America.

I suppose I could defend myself by using the words of Harry Truman, when, in 1948, he denied he was attacking the Republicans, by saying “I just tell the truth about them and they think I’m attacking them.”

But the truth is, I really am attacking them.

If I weren’t, I might not share an email I received from my friend, Merrill Heatter, who informed me that “Hillary Clinton is considering a sex change operation. Thinking about becoming a woman.”

Speaking of which, inasmuch as Bruce Jenner has not undergone castration, he is not really a transgender so much as he’s a transvestite. If and when he has the operation performed, he still won’t be a transgender because you can’t alter your DNA; he’ll simply be a eunuch and would be able to find work guarding a harem.

It just goes to show that not only isn’t it nice to fool Mother Nature, as we were repeatedly told during the 1970s in the TV commercials for Chiffon Margarine, but it’s well-nigh impossible.

So far, it hasn’t been a great year for memorable campaign lines. For a long time, there was nothing close to Carly Fiorina’s one-liner about having traveled as much as Hillary Clinton, but of being aware that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment. I would say that Bobby Jindal’s take on our border situation: “Without assimilation, immigration is an invasion” is second best.

I understand that the GOP debate drew record numbers of viewers and that most of the credit went to Trump. If that’s the case, bless him for letting Americans know what a treasure trove of potential presidents we have to offer. I’m not suggesting I’m crazy about all of them, but when you stack them up against the likes of Mrs. Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Joe Biden, they look like the 1927 New York Yankee line-up, except that I’d have Carly Fiorina batting cleanup in place of Babe Ruth.

Getting back to Trump, I’d compare him to a carnival barker whose job it is to get people who have already paid to get in the tent to then pay more money to see the sideshow, and who then turns out to be the sideshow’s main attraction.

With September looming on the horizon, it is finally time to ask those who wish to continue receiving one year’s worth of articles to pay the piper to the tune of $100. Please send a check or money order to this piper at 16604 Dearborn Street, North Hills, CA 91343-3604. And even if you think I already have it, please enclose your email address, as I’ll need it in order to fulfill my end of the bargain.

As for those of you who have decided you’ve had quite enough of me, I’ll miss you….but we’ll always have Paris.



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Wednesday’s Obligatory Trump Post http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/wednesdays-obligatory-trump-post/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/wednesdays-obligatory-trump-post/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:05:37 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/wednesdays-obligatory-trump-post/ By Steven Hayward
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(Steven Hayward)

While wandering around the streets of downtown Helsinki a couple weeks ago, waiting for a Finnish folk ensemble to begin their performance of what sounded like whale screeches accompanied by cello and drums, I saw two people wander by with books in Finnish about . . . Donald Trump. And more than once foreigners asked me about Trump. He’s the biggest American export to hit Europe since . . . Obama!

Except unlike Obama in 2008, Europeans don’t like him. Which may actually recommend him in a certain way, of course. Politico reported on this a few days ago:

On Thursday, France’s Libération newspaper devoted its entire front page to a photo of a snarling Donald, with an inch-high headline that read: “Donald Trump — The American Nightmare.”

The Continent has its share of outrageous personalities on the political right of center: Britain’s Nigel Farage, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, France’s family Le Pen. But Trump fits many perceived European stereotypes of America: excess, vulgarity, ignorance, superficiality, love of wealth, to name a few.

“Trump represents the America that we love to hate,” said Marie-Cécile Naves, a sociologist and author of “Le nouveau visage des droites américaines” (“The New Face of the American Right”). “He is our negative mirror image, a man we see as brutal, who worships money and lacks culture — someone who lets us feel a bit superior about being European.”

In Europe’s capitals, feelings of superiority sometimes translate as concern for an ignorant American public that Trump, described by Britain’s Observer newspaper as a “malign buffoon,” is supposedly exploiting. “His constituency is ignorance,” the Observer wrote on Aug. 9 in an unsigned editorial. “In this, he is heir to a long, inglorious American tradition.”

Condescend while you can, Euroweenies. But who you gonna call when Putin gets frisky?

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Iran Deal Reaches Veto Threshold http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/iran-deal-reaches-veto-threshold/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/iran-deal-reaches-veto-threshold/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:03:13 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/iran-deal-reaches-veto-threshold/ By John Hinderaker (John Hinderaker)

Senator Barbara Mikulski announced this morning that she will vote for the Iran nuclear deal. This gives President Obama 34 supporters in the Senate. The Associated Press hails this announcement as a big win for President Obama:

President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote in favor of the agreement.

Under the Corker bill that Congress enacted in May, the president is barred from implementing the Iran deal if “the Congress adopts, and there is enacted, a joint resolution stating in substance that the Congress does not favor the agreement….” It is now expected that the House and Senate will both pass a joint resolution of disapproval, which Obama will veto. The veto apparently will be overridden in the House, so the focus has been on the Senate, where he needs 34 votes–the total he now has–to sustain the veto. So an overwhelming majority of Congress will have expressed its disapproval of the agreement, but it will nevertheless proceed. That is setting the bar for a “landmark foreign policy victory” very low.

Note, by the way, the key language “and there is enacted.” If Obama vetoes the joint resolution, it won’t be enacted. I assume this language was included in order to secure bipartisan support for the Corker bill, which passed the Senate 98-1.

With hindsight, was the Corker bill a good idea? Was Tom Cotton, the only senator who voted against the bill, prescient? I asked Marco Rubio this question a week or two ago while guest hosting the Laura Ingraham radio show. Rubio, whose foreign policy credentials are second to none, emphatically rejected that suggestion. Among other things, he said, Congress may never have gotten complete information about what is in the agreement without the Corker bill, which included detailed disclosure requirements.

That point is well taken. Still, it is galling to have a Congressional vote that resoundingly rejects the deal trumpeted as a victory for the administration. In the absence of the Corker bill, Congress could simply have passed a resolution of disapproval. That wouldn’t have blocked the deal, which is an executive agreement, but it wouldn’t have been hailed as a “landmark foreign policy victory” for the administration, either.

After Mikulski’s announcement, Lindsey Graham tweeted:

The Iranians have now secured enough Senate votes to ensure they have a pathway to a bomb, missile to deliver it, & money to pay for it.

— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) September 2, 2015

His characterization is harsh but, I think, accurate.

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Market Magic http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/market-magic/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/market-magic/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=651795 People have long lists of things they think the market can’t possibly do — from building subways to fighting wars. Sometimes, the market does them anyway.

War, for example. Even conservatives, who often praise markets, assume that only government can fight terrorists. Tell that to Matthew VanDyke.

VanDyke and his group, Sons of Liberty International, spent the past months in Iraq training the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit, several thousand Christians willing to risk their lives fighting against ISIS’s brutal forces there.

I don’t know if Sons of Liberty are as competent (or more competent) than the U.S. military, but they’re not using taxpayer dollars or getting the U.S. involved in a wider war.

My TV show on “market magic” this week looks at other things markets do that we’re always told only government can do — like run courts.

People frustrated by legal bureaucracy and tired of waiting endlessly for government courts to make decisions now have alternatives. They can go to private arbitration companies and have their day in court without ever entering a government courtroom. An ABA survey of lawyers found 78 percent said arbitration was more efficient than government.

“But maybe the for-profit arbitrator is not fair or your opponent bribes the judge!” say market skeptics. That can happen. But if an arbitration firm gets a reputation for making flaky decisions or taking bribes, customers just don’t use it. It goes out of business. That’s how the free market works.

By contrast, badly run government courts, like other government agencies, never go away. When they fail, they just claim to be “underfunded” and demand more money. Congress usually gives it to them.

Our air and most of our water are of course public property. It’s good that we have an EPA (though we could use a less oppressive one) to protect such resources. But that also leads people to think we need more government force to handle problems like California’s drought.

Economist Zachary Donohew points out that California’s water shortage isn’t just caused by drought, though. It’s caused by government refusing to allow the price of water to be set by market forces.

“Water shortages are manmade,” says Donohew. “We don’t send the right signal to indicate how valuable it is, and we don’t make it easy to move water from one use to the other.”

In most of America, taxpayers pay for reservoirs and aqueducts, but water sent to consumers, farmers, etc., is practically “free.” So people waste it. But if the price were allowed to rise to reflect its scarcity, everyone would economize. You might decide you need to cook but not wash your car. Important activities like agriculture would continue, but farmers might grow grapes instead of oranges, because oranges need so much water.

Decisions like that happen naturally when markets set prices. A price is more than money — it’s information . It tells people what is valuable. Then people adjust.

When we forget that, we panic needlessly. Even The Wall Street Journal, which generally understands markets, recently reported on a “looming shortage” of airline pilots.

But if there really is a shortage of pilots, pilot salaries will rise. More people will train to become pilots and any shortage will be brief.

The market steers people and resources to where they’re most valued. That happens even faster if government doesn’t interfere with markets by offering its own, poorly run versions of the services people want.

My fellow New York City subway riders believe government had to dig the subway tunnels and run the trains because “there’s no profit in mass transit — it loses money!” But in fact, most of New York’s subways were built by private businesses.

They only turned them over to government because politicians forced them to. A mayor claimed a proposed fare increase to 5 cents was “too much.” Now a subway ride costs $2.75.

I used the phrase “market magic,” but the market is actually better than magic, because there’s nothing mysterious about it — it’s all logical.

The mystery is why we keep letting government get in the way.


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Clinton emails contained top secret info derived from satellite spying on North Korean nukes http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/clinton-emails-contained-top-secret-info-derived-from-satellite-spying-on-north-korean-nukes/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/clinton-emails-contained-top-secret-info-derived-from-satellite-spying-on-north-korean-nukes/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:43:48 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/clinton-emails-contained-top-secret-info-derived-from-satellite-spying-on-north-korean-nukes/ By Paul Mirengoff (Paul Mirengoff)

The latest batch of classified emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server includes information that may well be sufficient to establish that she violated 18 U.S.C. Section 793. However, as I mentioned here, we already knew that “top secret” information on her server derived from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which performs aerial surveillance, had triggered FBI concern in the first place.

Even without knowing what, specifically, the information pertained to, it seemed overwhelmingly likely that it “related to the national defense.” This is the touchstone under Section 793(f) and under an ordinary understanding of what information must absolutely be kept secret and secure.

Now, via the Washington Times, comes word that one of the “top secret” items on Clinton’s server dealt with satellite information about North Korea’s nuclear weapons — specifically the movement of North Korean nuclear assets. The Times’ John Solomon relies on “multiple intelligence sources.”

No wonder the FBI is concerned.

Its concern is surely heightened by the fact that, as Solomon points out, North Korea has assembled a massive cyber hacking army under an elite military spy program known as Bureau 121. Through this program, the North Koreans have become increasingly aggressive in targeting systems for hacking, especially vulnerable private systems. Indeed, they have been blamed by the U.S. for the hack of Sony movie studios.

Naturally, then, the intelligence community is alarmed by the fact that Clinton (in Solomon’s words) “allowed sensitive U.S. intelligence about North Korea to seep into a more insecure private email server.” By doing so, officials believe that she “threaten[ed] to expose [our] methods and assets for gathering intelligence on the secretive communist nation.”

The compromised information does not include surveillance imagery or maps. Rather, it apparently consists of summarized information that could only have come from spy satellite intelligence.

According to the Times, the intelligence community believes a State Department employee received the information through classified channels and then summarized it when that employee got to a nonclassified State Department computer. The email chain went through Clinton’s most senior aides and eventually to her personal email.

Section 793(f) applies not just to cases where a person improperly “delivers” information relating to the national defense — as Clinton seems to have done in her correspondence with Sid Blumenthal — but also to cases where an individual

(1) through gross negligence permits such information to be removed from its proper place of custody
security or

(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust fails to make prompt report of such to his superior officer

I take no position yet as to whether the facts, as presented by the Times via its intelligence sources, state a violation by Hillary Clinton of one or both of these subsections, or some other provision of the U.S. Code. It seems clear, however, that Clinton was a party to a very disturbing compromise of our methods and assets for gathering information about one of our worst and most deadly adversaries.

This alone demonstrates her unfitness for the presidency.

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The GOP Leadership Created Donald Trump http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/the-gop-leadership-created-donald-trump/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/the-gop-leadership-created-donald-trump/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:38:14 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=657205 The Legacy of Boehner and McConnell

Only a month after last November’s Republican victories that delivered majorities in the House and Senate, Senator Ted Cruz appealed to House Republicans to make good on their promises to defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration. His plea foreshadowed the political revolt that is now the essence of the GOP primary season.

“What I’m here urging my fellow Republicans to do is very, very simple,” Cruz said. “Do what you said you would do. Honor your commitments. Answer the question today, the exact same way you would have answered it a month ago when you were campaigning before the voters.”

Enter House Speaker John Boehner. The Speaker failed to confront the president; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did the same. Little did the two Republican leaders know that they were playing with fire.

For the first six months of this year, Boehner and McConnell defied the grassroots voters who put them in power. They stiffed the voters on spending, immigration, and trade. They remained loyal to the special interests that fund the campaigns of their sycophants.

The GOP establishment’s plan for a run-of-the-mill primary season blew up when Donald Trump announced his candidacy in June. The boisterous and blunt speaking New York real estate developer rode the tide of GOP grassroots disgust and expanded it to the general electorate.

Now the Republican primary field is dominated by outsiders – Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina. Left in the dust are Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Cruz himself. Voters don’t seem to care if the front runners lack political or government experience. In fact, it’s their very absence of such experience that fuels their success.

The Republican National Committee got caught in the grassroots revolt as well. The committee turned over administration of the primary debates to cable television, an irresponsible surrender of power that put entertainers in charge of deliberations. CNN’s dust up with Fiorina, and the network’s embarrassing reversal of its criteria for the second debate, is only the beginning of the chaos to come.

The GOP establishment has no one to blame but itself. Its defiance and arrogance delivered a voter revolt. According to Rasmussen, a poll released last month gave Boehner a favorable rating of 25 percent; McConnell came in at 22 percent favorable. It’s a self-inflicted wound.

Donald Trump says he has sparked a movement. It remains to be seen if he will be the ultimate beneficiary of voter unrest. But the fact remains – leaders of the Republican Party can no longer defy the people who put them in power without a voter backlash.

Ted Cruz has been consistent in his criticism of his party’s leadership since he entered the Senate. He crystallized his position late last year when he urged Republicans to simply do what they promised to do. Cruz may not be the nominee of his party, but he helped birth a movement that may topple the GOP establishment.






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Can “Liberalism” Be Reclaimed from the Left? http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/can-liberalism-be-reclaimed-from-the-left/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/can-liberalism-be-reclaimed-from-the-left/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:52:18 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/can-liberalism-be-reclaimed-from-the-left/ By Steven Hayward (Steven Hayward)

Harvey Mansfield remarked a while back that “the job of conservatism is to save liberalism from liberals.” The left may be giving us an unintended assist with this project. One of the best things to happen to political discourse in recent years is that many leftists stopped calling themselves “liberal,” and adopted “progressive” instead. And on the leading edge of the left (as on college campuses and other dens of Naomi Klein books), “neo-liberalism” is the avowed main enemy, which can’t be good for un-hyphenated liberalism. Welcome to a world where even John Rawls isn’t left enough.

Last summer in the Wall Street Journal Charles Murray argued for driving a wedge between liberals and progressives:

As a libertarian, I am reluctant to give up the word “liberal.” It used to refer to laissez-faire economics and limited government. But since libertarians aren’t ever going to be able to retrieve its original meaning, we should start using “liberal” to designate the good guys on the left, reserving “progressive” for those who are enthusiastic about an unrestrained regulatory state, who think it’s just fine to subordinate the interests of individuals to large social projects, who cheer the president’s abuse of executive power and who have no problem rationalizing the stifling of dissent.

(You can listen to my on-air interview with Charles about this article here.)

Now economist Daniel Klein weighs in with an essay for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute entitled “A Plea Regarding ‘Liberal’,” suggesting we should discontinue applying the venerable term “liberal” to progressive leftists who are neither liberal nor truly progressive in the common sense understanding of that term:

Here I make a plea, addressed to conservatives and libertarians, regarding the word liberal: please do not describe leftists, progressives, social democrats, or Democrats as “liberal.” I do not ask that you describe yourself as “liberal.” Continue to call yourself “conservative” or “libertarian.” I propose only a single step: don’t call leftists “liberal.” By this single step, we can make great strides.

Words have deep-seated cognates and connotations; they have character and history. Sometimes people fuss about semantics when they shouldn’t. But for words that hit home, important words, semantic practice is a paramount issue. . .

Today conservatives and libertarians often use the term liberal to refer to leftists, progressives, social democrats, and Democrats. Here I beg you to stop doing so. But if you are not to say “liberal,” what are you to say? One option is to put “liberal” in quotation marks or to say “so-called liberal.” But even better is to use the words that have always signified the mentality of governmentalization: the terms left, progressive, and social democrat.

There’s lots more to the article—worth reading the whole thing with a cup of coffee—but Klein isn’t resting with just analysis. He and a colleague have created a website called Liberalism Unrelinquished to carry on this worthy cause. It is described as “a statement of no surrender on the word ‘liberal.’” Worth following and adding your voice to.

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Can all these talking heads be right? http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/can-all-these-talking-heads-be-right/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/can-all-these-talking-heads-be-right/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:43:36 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/09/02/can-all-these-talking-heads-be-right/ By Scott Johnson (Scott Johnson)

The Washington Free Beacon has worked up a video (below) documenting the collective wisdom of the punditocracy regarding Madam Hillary’s email problem. “Analysis: It’s not going away.”

Can all these talking heads be right? Let’s put it this way. They aren’t going out on a limb with their prediction.

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