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State Department Divided on Mission
by Byron York
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liar-Hillary Clinton Plea Bargain
Discussions Between DOJ Officials And Her Lawyers
{rickwells.us} ~ Author Ed Klein, has some potentially disheartening news if it’s true. He’s quite familiar with the liar-Clintons and has excellent sources, having written multiple books about them... He’s been told a plea deal is in the works with the Sessions DOJ to let her completely off on multiple offenses. Most of us would ask why the worst criminal in the history of American politics would be offered such a deal when her crimes are so egregious and we’ve already gathered a mountain of evidence against her, obtained by expending great amounts of man hours and a huge expense to the American taxpayers. That question isn’t answered. According to Klein, the DOJ has reopened the investigation into liar-Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material on her bootleg bathroom email server while serving herself as Secretary of State. One liar-Clinton lawyer told Klein the discussion of a plea bargain occurred in July, with the offer made by an unnamed high-ranking DOJ official to the liar-Clinton Lawyer...Should be no deal at all, period.  http://rickwells.us/hillary-clinton-plea-bargain-discussions-doj-officials-lawyers/
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IDF to Hamas: Don't test us
Tunnel shaft underneath a mosque
by Kobi Finkler
{israelnationalnews.com} ~ The IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) on Thursday exposed significant infrastructures belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, including terrorist tunnels intended to be used as hideouts for terrorists and for the transfer of weapons... In a significant part of the infrastructure, as shown by aerial photographs, Hamas takes advantage of Gazans and hides the entry shafts of the tunnels underneath houses and public buildings, such as schools and mosques. Choosing to place the shafts in these buildings is intended to disguise the tunnels and make it difficult to attack them. During combat, these objectives become legitimate military targets under international law...  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233698?utm_source=activetrail&utm_medium=ema...
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Jew-Hating Imams Need to be Removed

Imam Mahmoud Harmoush of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley, in Riverside, California
by Shireen Qudosi
{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ From Lebanon to Norway -- now most recently in California -- pulpits at mosques are ripe with raw Jew-hate. This hate is not denounced by the immediate community... When news broke recently that Imam Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center in Davis, California, delivered a one- hour war-drum sermon against Jews concerning the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the imam and the members of mosque stood shamelessly behind his bidding to "Liberate the Al Aqsa mosque from the filth of the Jews. Annihilate them down to the very last one." That is a call for genocide. On the same day, in front of a congregation of Friday worshippers, another imam, Mahmoud Harmoush, in Riverside, California, also gave a Jew-hating sermon. Harmoush openly said: "Oh, Allah, liberate the Al Aqsa Mosque and all the Muslim lands from the unjust tyrants and the occupiers... Oh, Allah, destroy them, they are no match for you. Oh, Allah, disperse them and rend them asunder. Turn them into booty in the hands of the Muslims."...  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10811/imams-antisemitism
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Sinaloa Cartel Cell Leader Self-Surrenders
by Department of Justice
{justice.gov} ~ A cell leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel was arraigned in federal court today following his self-surrender to U.S. law enforcement authorities at the Calexico West Port of Entry in California, on July 27... Damaso Lopez-Serrano, aka Mini Lic, 29, is believed to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader ever to self-surrender in the U.S.  Lopez-Serrano was arraigned on an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in San Diego on Aug. 19, 2016, charging him and five of his close associates, including Nahum Sicairos-Montalvo, aka Kinceanero, with Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances Intended for Importation and Conspiracy to Import Controlled Substances.  U.S. District Court Judge Dana M. Sabraw arraigned Lopez-Serrano on these charges and unsealed the indictment against these two defendants. The announcement was made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson for the Southern District of California and Special Agent in Charge William R. Sherman of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s San Diego Field Office...  https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/sinaloa-cartel-cell-leader-self-surrenders
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McConnell Groveled Trump Endorsement
For Swamp Lackey – Brooks Vote Is Anti-McConnell
{rickwells.us} ~ Rep Mo Brooks, an Alabama conservative, was doing everything he could to get President Trump to recognize him as the preferred true conservative and in doing so win his endorsement for next Tuesday’s Senate race... He may have been successful in one regard, in establishing himself as the true Trump candidate, and that may be exactly what cost him the support of the President. While most of his Cabinet picks have been outstanding, President Trump has made some puzzling decisions in some personnel matters, such as with General HR McMaster, Dina Habib Powell, and Gary Cohn, all known globalists and their ilk that are now packing the NSC. Rod Rosenstein as Deputy AG was no gem either and Christopher Wray at the FBI is a problem waiting to happen. He’s refused to purge the liar-nObama holdovers, somehow accepting their betrayal as preferable to draining them from the swamp. Now he’s showing that same puzzling behavior in endorsing a Mitch McConnell lackey in the race for the Alabama Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The only possible explanation for President Trump endorsing the current acting Senator, Luther Strange, would be as a  favor to or part of a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch “White Flag” McConnell...  http://rickwells.us/mcconnell-groveled-trump-endorsement-swamp-lackey-brooks-vote-anti-mcconnell/
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State Department Divided on Mission
by Byron York
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townhall.com} ~ As part of what he calls a "redesign" of the State Department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has surveyed more than 35,000 State employees on the most fundamental questions facing the organization. And Tillerson -- or, more accurately, a consulting firm hired by the secretary -- has found that large blocs of State workers do not agree on what the department's mission should be.

"For an organization with a very significant role in the world, too many in the Department of State were not clear on the exact mission of the agency," consultants from Insigniam wrote in a "Listening Report" completed in June.

Some said the mission is, or should be, "installing democracy" around the world. Others said it is "spreading American values." The one mission that the largest number of employees could agree on was "protecting Americans and the interests of America throughout the world."

Beyond that, no single phrase united the department's employees. So now, Tillerson and his top aides are trying to craft the material gathered from those 35,000-plus questionnaires into a new mission statement. Changing the department's mission statement is pretty much standard procedure when a new president and party take over. Working with Insigniam, a group of leaders from State and the U.S. Agency for International Development came up with three draft sentences, one to describe the department's purpose, the next to describe its mission, and the next to describe its ambition.

The purpose statement: "We promote the security, prosperity, and interests of the American people globally."

The mission statement: "Lead America's foreign policy through global advocacy, action, and assistance to shape a safer, more prosperous world."

The ambition statement: "The American people thrive in a peaceful and interconnected world that is free, resilient, and prosperous."

The consultants asked State employees for reaction to each keyword. Does "advocacy" accurately describe what the department does? What about a "free" world? And "resilient"? The consultants also asked employees to offer any other words they felt better described State's mission.

In a cloud made from responses to the question of which words best describe State's current mission, the standouts were "diplomacy," "security," "peace," "prosperity," "democracy," and "development."

One thing that is likely to come out in the final product is that the Donald Trump State Department mission statement will be more assertively American than the statement under Barack liar-nObama. The consultants noted that a State document from May of this year wrote that "ABOVE ALL, the mission of the U.S. Department of State is to advance the national interests of the United States and its people."

From 2013 to 2016, the consultants added by contrast, the State mission statement was "to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere."

It's a we-are-USA vibe versus a we're-citizens-of-the-world vibe. When I asked Tillerson spokesman, R.C. Hammond, whether he would agree that the proposed new statement is in fact more assertively American than the old, he answered, "I would. We will not apologize for being American."

On the campaign trail, candidate Trump expressed contempt for America's disastrous effort to install democracy in Iraq."We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone," Trump said in his inaugural address. "But rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow."

Now, some Trump critics, Republican and Democrat, are unhappy that the proposed mission statement does not include the word "democracy."

Tom Malinowski, an liar-nObama State Department official, told the Washington Post that the proposed mission statement -- "Lead America's foreign policy through global advocacy, action, and assistance to shape a safer, more prosperous world" -- reflects "a worldview similar to that of Putin."

It is hard to take such commentary seriously -- after all, the three-part purpose/mission/ambition statement includes the goal of a world that is not only "peaceful" but "free" -- but that is what Malinowski said. It just shows there's plenty of Trump Resistance in the State Department world as well as the rest of Washington.

Tillerson's consultants found that in the absence of a single idea of mission, many in the State Department tend to define their job by the area of the Department in which they work. The foreign service sees the mission as one thing. Washington-based administrators see another. Economics-oriented specialists see yet another, and so on.

"Without a unified mission, people in the State Department speak from their place in the organization, not as one organization," the contractors noted.

Tillerson's job is to find some sort of unity. With a big part of the permanent bureaucracy opposed to him, and especially opposed to the president who appointed him, that might be impossible. So Tillerson might want to choose the proposed mission statement that brought the closest thing to a consensus: "Protecting Americans and the interests of America throughout the world." Let others argue about democracy and various causes, while the secretary sticks to the main thing.

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Newt Says What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking:
It’s Time To Throw Peter Strzok In Jail

Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok, a senior member of the bureau who gained notoriety in recent months over his anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, was grilled for nearly 10 hours during a joint congressional committee hearing on Thursday.

At issue was Strzok’s anti-Trump texts to former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page that coincided with his leading of the investigations into both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal and the alleged Trump/Russia 2016 election collusion, as well as his involvement in the subsequent Robert Mueller special counsel probe.

The hearing proved to be a heated battle, as Strzok displayed an arrogant smugness in defiance of pointed questions from Republicans that he largely danced around, while Democrats sought to upend and undermine the entire hearing with a plethora of interruptions, parliamentary maneuvers and outright praise for the man who helped let Clinton off the hook while ferociously targeting Trump.

Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was less than impressed with Strzok’s performance and cooperation in the hearing and suggested during an appearance on Fox Business that the FBI agent should be held in contempt of Congress.

“I think they have to move to hold him in contempt and throw him in jail,” Gingrich said of Congress and Strzok.

“This is a person who is willfully standing up and refusing to appear as a congressional witness and he was a government employee at the time,” he continued.

“He has every obligation to inform the legislative branch, and I don’t think they have any choice except to move a motion of contempt because he is fundamentally — and so is his girlfriend (Page) — they’re both fundamentally in violation of the entire constitutional process,” he added.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress on Wednesday but refused to appear, saying she’d been unable to review relevant documents prior to the scheduled hearing, a closed-door hearing that has since been rescheduled for Friday.

Gingrich was not the only one who thought Strzok deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte informed Strzok that he remained at risk of such during the hearing, according to The Daily Caller.

That warning from Goodlatte came after Strzok had refused to answer a straightforward question posed by House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, regarding how many people Strzok had personally interviewed between a specific set of dates in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

“Mr. Strzok, please be advised that you can either comply with the committee’s direction to answer the question or refuse to do so,” Goodlatte stated. “The latter of which will place you in risk of a contempt citation and potential criminal liability. Do you understand that? The question is directed to the witness.”

Strzok still refused to answer, citing instructions received from his counsel and the FBI to not answer certain questions on certain topics.

Goodlatte replied, “Mr. Strzok, in a moment we will continue with the hearing, but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day we will be recessing the hearing and you will be subject to recall to allow the committee to consider proceeding with a contempt citation.”

It is unclear if Goodlatte and the committee ultimately did consider a contempt citation for Strzok following the contentious hearing, nor is it clear if Page will be held in contempt for blowing off her subpoenaed appearance on Wednesday.

Hopefully Congress will follow through on the threats of contempt followed by actual jail time against Strzok and Page in response to their uncooperative behavior and failure to appear when subpoenaed, if only to ensure that future witnesses called before Congress for sensitive or contentious hearings don’t think they can get away with the same sort of behavior.

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Cops Sent To Seize Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant, He Refused To Turn Them Over

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” says Leonard Cottrell, after successfully staving off law enforcement and the courts from confiscating his firearms. Cottrell, an Iraq War veteran, was at work when he received a phone call from his wife. The cops were there, busting in to take his guns away. It all started after a casual conversation his son had at school.

Ammoland reports:

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights. ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.

NJ.com adds:

Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.

He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.

He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.

A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.

In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”

David Codrea, writing for Ammoland, further added:

To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” New Jersey gun owner and Army veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. told New Jersey 101.5 after a June 14 visit from State Police,. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

Cottrell was recalling state troopers showing up at his door to confiscate firearms after his 13-year-old son was overheard discussing lax school safety with a friend.

Indoctrinated by a pervasive snitch culture — one that never seems to deter the blatantly obvious demonic nutjobs — the eavesdropping student told his parents, who told school administrators, who in turn called the cops. (Note “If you see something, say something” carries risks of its own – if you report the wrong person, you could end up smeared as a “hater.”)

“Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was ‘not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing,’” the report continued. Despite that, his home is now a “gun free zone” and that has been publicized by the media. He has, in fact, willingly ceded those rights, and by his own words in order to make authorities “happy.”

Before judging him for that, consider the environment that is New Jersey. Then consider the overwhelming force the state can bring to bear, and its predisposition to using it, especially if it’s to enforce citizen disarmament. It’s easy to anonymously declare “Molon Labe” on the internet. In meatspace, resistance is more effective when the aggressor doesn’t get to dictate the time and place, especially if that place is your home and you have family inside.

Appeasing gun-grabbers, generally couched as “compromise,” is impossible. It’s like throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting them to be sated and leave you alone — instead of sensing opportunity and fear, and moving in closer.

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