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Benghazi: The fundamental question
that still hasn't been answered
 K.T. McFarland
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"Know who you are standing with"
"Show me your friends and I'll show you your future"
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 OH, THE HUMA-NITY     Fox News: “Clinton confidante Huma Abedin was on Capitol Hill Friday to testify before the congressional Benghazi committee, just days before the former secretary of state faces off with the panel she has called a political attack arm. The closed-door meeting comes as committee Chairman Trey Gowdy combats accusations from both sides of the aisle that the panel is political in nature and bent on targeting Democratic presidential front-runner Hilly Clinton. To that end, the committee took the rare step this week of announcing Abedin’s testimony Friday morning, stressing that she will only be questioned on issues relating to the committee’s core mission.” 
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 DNC IN SHAMBLES   NYT: “R.T. Rybak, the former mayor of Minneapolis and a vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, on Thursday accused the party’s leader, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of making ‘flat-out not true’ statements about another top party officer, questioned her political skills and said he had ‘serious questions’ about her suitability for the job… In a series of televised interviews on Monday and Tuesday, Ms. Wasserman Schultz…insisted that she had indeed consulted with the party’s officers before scheduling the debates…Rybak weighed in angrily in response, expressing shock that Ms. Wasserman Schultz ‘would knowingly say something that is flat-out not true.’ ‘This is not a back-and-forth between a chair and a vice chair,’ he said. ‘This is a chair of the Democratic Party wrongly stating that she consulted with all of the party officers. I was not consulted. I know that [DNC Vice Chairwoman] Tulsi Gabbard was not consulted. And this is becoming about much more than debates.’”  -Fox News  
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 Is Clinton Guilty of 'Gross Negligence' With Email? 
Last weekend, Barack nObama declared, "I can tell you that [Hilly Clinton's unsecured email server] is not a situation in which America's national security was endangered." His blatant attempt to influence the FBI investigation into Clinton's server wasn't warmly received by agents at the bureau. In fact, an unnamed source let it be known that the FBI is focusing on whether Clinton violated the Espionage Act — specifically whether there was "gross negligence" on Clinton's part regarding a subsection of the law covering national defense information. Fox News explains, "Under 18 USC 793 subsection F, the information does not have to be classified to count as a violation. The intelligence source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity citing the sensitivity of the ongoing probe, said the subsection requires the 'lawful possession' of national defense information by a security clearance holder who 'through gross negligence,' such as the use of an unsecure computer network, permits the material to be removed or abstracted from its proper, secure location."
          On top of "gross negligence," agents are looking at a charge that should be very familiar to the Clintons — obstruction of justice. That is, after all, the name of the game for Bill and Hilly. The latter charge could be related to the fact that she deleted half of her emails before finally relenting and turning over the server, despite her laughable insistence at the debate that "I've been as transparent as I know to be." We'll see if the FBI agrees, because, unlike Bernie Sanders, investigating agents don't seem to be "sick and tired of hearing about [her] damn emails."
          Oh, and by the way, when it came to overall cyber security, Clinton's State Department was among the worst federal agencies -The Patriot Post 
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 Gowdy to Dumb Republicans: 'Shut Up'  
Trey Gowdy has had enough of his work being undermined by fellow Republicans. After fellow congressmen Kevin McCarthy and Richard Hanna threw Hilly Clinton a lifeline, describing the Benghazi Select Committee as essentially a partisan witch-hunt, committee chairman Gowdy fired back. "Shut up talking about things that you don't know anything about," he said. "Unless you're on the committee, you have no idea what we've done, why we've done it, and what new facts we have found."
           Clinton, of course, has used McCarthy's and Hanna's comments to her advantage at every opportunity, including in a campaign ad. “It's pretty clear that whatever they might have thought they were doing they ended up becoming a partisan arm of the Republican National Committee with an overwhelming focus on trying to — as they admitted — drive down my poll numbers,” she said over the weekend. “I will do my best to answer their questions, but I don't really know what their objective is right now.” Clinton will testify Thursday.
          As for the objective, Gowdy made that clear: "Four dead Americans is more than enough work for me. [Clinton is] a witness. She was the secretary of state. You have to talk to her. But we have already talked to 50 people not named Clinton. We're going to talk to another couple of dozen not named Clinton." But Clinton also grossly politicized the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three others. She has much to answer for -The Patriot Post
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 Corrupt UN, Plans To Impose Illegal Global Climate Taxation  
{rickwells.us} ~ We knew this was coming. Some details and information regarding the International Monetary Fund and their scheming in conjunction with the UN... the nObama regime and other criminally corrupt world leaders in the lead up to the Paris Climate Summit are starting to be revealed. It’s bringing with it even more reasons to be on alert to the upcoming global takeover. The ridiculous lie that Hussein nObama and his oligarchy comrades are simply concerned about the planet is now being forced into the light by the implementation of their plan, into the open for all to sneak a glimpse. Let there be no doubt, every single instance in which a claim was made by Hussein nObama or his henchmen that the planet is warming has been a deliberate deception aimed at reinforcing the lie upon which they will commit global fraud and the grandest of thefts. We are now begining to see just what they stand to gain and why they are as motivated as they are. nObama and his comrades, including Al Gore, George Soros and Maurice Strong, have a long history of interest in this shady climate trading “industry,” going back to his days on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation. It was through that entity that their venture into the Chicago Climate Exchange was funded, a development ground for what is now being unleashed upon us. What stands before us are not public servants but rather some very public self-serving profiteers.        http://rickwells.us/archives/21031
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 Clinton Spokesliar Says She Wasn’t Advocating Gun Confiscation  
{rickwells.us} ~ The tottering old Democrat, who obviously had never seen the question before he was handed it and told to read it to the disarmament criminal candidate, Hilly Clinton, is still making news... This pathetic useful idiot is still the focus of some remarks by her communications director Jen Palmieri, who attempted to say that Clinton wasn’t advocating for gun confiscation, which she most clearly was doing in a most specific way. She cites the Australian model, in which it is impossible for a private citizen to get their hands on a firearm, as an attractive option for the United States. Clinton also details the portion following the mass mandated disarmament “buy back” or surrender as being a “clamping down in the future” on who can then own a firearm. She and her syndicate comrades will decide who has the guns and it certainly won’t be the law-abiding American citizens. She also wants to bankrupt gun manufacturers, making them liable for the actions of evil people who misuse their products.       http://rickwells.us/archives/20996
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 Sen Durbin Calls For 100,000 Man Muslim Army Invasion Of America  
{rickwells.us} ~ It’s our duty as Americans to turn our backs to the daggers, machetes and bomb belts of Arab terrorists and Senator Dick Durbin insists the time to do so is now... The Marxist tool of the anti-Americans is anxious to import their operatives and an army of 100,000 is a good place to start. They’ll bump that number up significantly next year, but they’ve got to start somewhere and those gang banging Central Americans and Mexicans can only be expected to do so much. There are a few key points this subversive trash chooses to leave out of his little lie fest which don’t support his invasion and don’t mesh with the false narrative he’s delivering. First of all, generally speaking, they’re not Syrians, they’re not refugees and they’re mostly terrorist-aged males. If they were really the displaced victims of war, they would be the ones remaining behind to fight and it would be their non-existent women and children who are being provided shelter. This is an invading army, impure and simple, whose enemy is Christian and Jewish America.        http://rickwells.us/archives/21012
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 New Documents Shine Light on White House Benghazi Scramble  
{Amy Miller} ~ After the attacks on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, the nObama Administration moved quickly to blame the carnage on “The Innocence of Muslims” video on YouTube. Remember?... The Administration attempted to blame the violence on “an awful video that we had nothing to do with” no less than seven times, even as it became abundantly clear that the murderers who laid waste to the compound were there on a mission, and not as part of a spontaneous protest. Now, new documents from the State Department, acquired by advocacy group Judicial Watch, show that the White House attempted to shuttle the blame onto another, more obscure YouTube video almost immediately after the attacks took place.
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 Multi-$Million Refugee Cash Leech – 10,000 Syrians "Inadequate”  
{rickwells.us} ~ Given what she depicts as “woefully inadequate” numbers of foreign invaders being ushered into the United States by her parasitic organization... the panelist might have had enough spare time in her day for a little grooming, such as combing that rat nest on top of her head. She might have even made the largely symbolic effort to apply a touch of makeup to make herself at least minimally presentable, since she was speaking in public. Proud bug-eating feminist have no time for such nonsense. Maybe she took a shower. Brittney Nystrom is the Advocacy Director for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of those independent organizations that attaches a religious affiliation to their title in order to portray legitimacy and engender the acceptance of those providing them with money that what they’re doing, human trafficking and treasury raiding, is a good, noble and humanitarian venture.        http://rickwells.us/archives/21053
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 So Are We Going to Do this Freedom of Navigation Operation or ...  
{Aaron MacLean} ~ Well over a week ago it was leaked to the press that the White House had approved, in principle, of the Navy conducting so-called “Freedom of Navigation Operations”—FONOPS... within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands China has been building in the South China Sea. The New York Times reported that any such operation had been delayed to avoid disrupting Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington. The Wall Street Journal said that a “U.S. official” claimed “that the operation could come within days.” Well, it’s been days. Days are about to turn into weeks. And, as Jeff Smith points out in a very good round-up of the whole crisis thus far, “What the White House has failed to appreciate throughout this drama is the longer it talks about FONOPS without actually conducting them, the more volatile the situation becomes, and the more pressure China’s leadership feels to publicly adopt ever more strident and entrenched opposition.” The South China Sea is scene to competing territorial claims by Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China itself. China’s claim, organized around its “Nine-Dash Line,” is by far the most aggressive, turning a vast portion of the Pacific that happens to be a vital transit route for international trade into, effectively, a Chinese lake. 
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 Lawmakers Slam nObama for Using Troops as ‘Pawns’ in Spending  
{Morgan Chalfant} ~ Republican lawmakers criticized President nObama Wednesday for promising to veto the defense policy bill that would authorize about $612 billion in defense funding for fiscal year 2016... Multiple GOP representatives, including members of the House Armed Services Committee, told the Washington Free Beacon Wednesday that the president’s promised veto has nothing do with America’s national security but is related to his effort to boost domestic funding for agencies such as the IRS and EPA. “I believe the president’s desire is to increase domestic spending and use this bill as leverage for him to be able to get the additional moneys for agencies like the EPA and the IRS,” Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.), a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, said in a phone interview. “To use our troops and their families as pawns in this political battle, I think, is very dangerous for the president and I hope that his promises or threats don’t pan out and he ultimately signs it.”
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 DHS’ Jihadi Jeh Willing To Accept Dead Americans To Continue...  
{rickwells.us} ~ The fact of the matter, as much as the regime might like to be able to substitute their fantasy for it, is that there is no way for the so-called “Syrian refugees” to be properly and sufficiently vetted to safeguard against terrorists... including those with ISIS connections, being imported into the US under their planned program. The witness testimonies agree, both in the past and including today, that they’re playing “Syrian roulette,” putting the American people in jeopardy and virtually assured of some paying for the regimes reckless pursuit of their agenda with their lives. Eight months ago, in February, in testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Assistant FBI Director Michael Steinbach made it perfectly clear that the databases to conduct the vetting process for screening those individuals wishing to be allowed to immigrate to the US do not exist. There is simply no information to review due to the failed state status of Syria and the limited government presence. We also have a minimal amount of our own information due to our nominal presence in the area.       http://rickwells.us/archives/21094
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 Israel Defending Itself  
{Herbert London} ~ Recent reports have indicated that hundreds of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps troops entered Syria in early September. Moreover, the accord on intelligence among Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria suggests Russian troops will be assisting the Iranians in the war against ISIS... That may not be all. Israeli officials are appropriately concerned that Russian troops will be operating in the Golan Heights along with Hezbollah and Assad-led Syrian forces. Israel is faced with the additional challenge of the expanded Russian presence in Syria, especially in the Latakia region, where in the past IDF forces destroyed arms convoys intended for Hezbollah. When Israeli forces returned fire on two Syrian positions near Quneitra, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded: “We respect Israel’s interests related to the Syrian civil war but we are concerned about its attacks on Syria.” Clearly this statement is mutually contradictory; if you are concerned about Israel’s interests than it must be protected by defensive military action. Nonetheless, this response stands as a warning signal. Certain attacks may be justified as long as they do not jeopardize the position and security of Syria’s President Bashar al Assad.        http://www.aim.org/guest-column/israel-defending-itself/?utm_source...
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 One US soldier killed in Iraq during rescue of more than 70 hostages  
{FoxNews.com} ~ One U.S. Army Special Operator was killed in a rescue mission that freed as many as 70 ISIS hostages in Iraq, defense officials confirmed Thursday... It marked the first time a U.S. service member was killed in action during the anti-ISIS ground fight in Iraq. The Arab hostages were freed from an ISIS prison in northern Iraq near Hawijah. "People were chained to walls," one well-placed military source told Fox News. "A mass atrocity was averted," a senior U.S. defense source added. According to the Pentagon, rescuers "deliberately planned" the operation, and moved in when it was apparent that ISIS hostage takers were planning to kill the hostages. The senior defense official said the U.S. carried out airstrikes before and after the operation, destroying the prison afterwards.        http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/22/us-special-ops-rescue-hosta...
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Benghazi: The fundamental question
that still hasn't been answered
 K.T. McFarland
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     {foxnews.com} ~ The Benghazi Committee set out to investigate why four Americans died in Benghazi September 11, 2012, not to damage a presidential candidate. Rightly or wrongly, their credibility has been called into question, including by statements from fellow Republicans. 
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     What I’ll be watching for on Thursday is not questions about Hilly Clinton’s emails; but the fundamental question:  What were the Americans doing in Benghazi in the first place?  Consulates and embassy annexes are where diplomats issue visas and find lost luggage, and that’s clearly not what former special forces Americans were doing. 
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     Who was Ambassador Stevens supposed to meet in Benghazi, and who was responsible for his security? 
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Which Libyan militia groups were we partnering with and who vetted them? 
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     The committee should focus on what happened in the weeks leading up to the Benghazi attack. They should ask why Ambassador Stevens’ repeated calls for more security were ignored.
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     For over a year there have been unconfirmed reports that the Benghazi was a gun running operation to take Qaddafi’s abandoned weapons and turn them over to Syrian rebels. Is this what the American contractors were doing – running guns?
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     Were we working with and arming Libyan rebels who turned out to be Al Qaeda-type terrorists?  If that’s true, then not only was this foolish, it was illegal. 
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     Some have said that all of this is reminiscent of Watergate. And yes, Secretary Clinton worked House Judiciary Committee as a 27-year-old staff attorney during the Watergate investigation.  But these are echoes not of Watergate, as some have claimed, but of the Iran-Contra affair.  
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    The committee should focus on what happened in the weeks leading up to the Benghazi attack.
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     They should ask why Ambassador Stevens’ repeated calls for more security were ignored.
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     They should question why there was no rescue mission mounted while our men were under attack.
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     And, yes, they should ask who decided to lie about the events on September 11, 2012 being a planned terrorist attack and instead of using the lame excuse that they were the result of a YouTube video sparking a demonstration that got out of hand.
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These questions have all been asked before but they have never answered. 
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     Now, fast forward to October 22, 2015, the committee has new evidence, including Ambassador Stevens’ own emails. This time it will be difficult for any witness to keep dodging the questions.
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     Finally, and perhaps the most fundamental question of all – was the fiasco of the Libyan war another example of the nObama administration’s love affair with moderately radical Islamists? Has the nObama administration been willfully blind -- from the start -- to the dangers posed by all radical Islamists in Libya, in Egypt, in Syria, in Iraq, in Iran?
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     There is an overwhelming temptation for any politician in today’s Washington to be partisan.  But it was the same forty years ago during the Watergate scandal. 
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     I know because I was there, working for Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger as a young aide in the West Wing.  It was a dark time not just for the Nixon team, but for the country. 
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     The nation’s business was put on hold for well over a year while we investigated the president and his closest associates.
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     In the end, the system worked. Nixon resigned, a new president was sworn in and the rift was healed. It was due in no small part to the integrity of the Watergate Committee members – both Republican and Democrat. 
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     Most of them were able to rise above politics and serve the nation’s business. A few, however, learned a different lesson – not the lesson that no one is above the law, but as long as you don’t get caught…
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     Was Secretary Clinton trying to hide something with her private email system? Perhaps. But that’s for the FBI to decide, not the House Republicans.
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Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …

BIDEN: Yes.

DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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