Special Ops Groups Slam Obama Over Bin Laden Bragging, Leaks! (Part 1)

Posted on Yahoo! News-By Mark Hosenball, Reuters-On August 14, 2012:

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues that high-level leaks are endangering American lives.

Leaders of the group, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc, say it is nonpartisan and unconnected to any political party or presidential campaign. It is registered as a so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to further the common good and its political should be secondary.

In the past, military exploits have been turned against presidential candidates by outside groups, most famously the Swift Boat ads in 2004 that questioned Democratic nominee John Kerry’s Vietnam War service.

The OPSEC group says it is not political and aims to save American lives. Its first public salvo is a 22-minute film that includes criticism of Obama and his administration. The film, to be released on Wednesday, was seen in advance by Reuters.

“Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not,” Ben Smith, identified as a Navy SEAL, says in the film.

“As a citizen, it is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to the enemy,” Smith continues. “It will get Americans killed.”

An Obama campaign official said: “No one in this group is in a position to speak with any authority on these issues and on what impact these leaks might have, and it’s clear they’ve resorted to making things up for purely political reasons.”

Obama has highlighted his foreign policy record on the campaign trail, emphasizing how he presided over the killing of bin Laden, as well as how he ended the war in Iraq and set a timeline for winding down the war in Afghanistan.

However, Obama has come under sharp attack from Republican lawmakers who have accused his administration of being behind high-level leaks of classified information.

They have pointed to media reports about clandestine drone attacks, informants planted in al Qaeda affiliates and alleged cyber-warfare against Iran that Republicans say were calculated to promote Obama’s image as a strong leader in an election year.

The White House has denied leaking classified information.

The president of Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc, Scott Taylor, is a former Navy SEAL who in 2010 ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in Virginia.

Calling itself “OPSEC” for short - which in spy jargon means “operational security” - the anti-leak group incorporated last June in Delaware, a state that has the most secretive corporate registration rules in the U.S.

It also set itself up as a nonprofit organization under section 501©4 of the U.S. Tax Code, allowing it to keep donors’ identities secret. Spokesmen for the group declined to discuss its sources of financing.

Several group representatives say their main motivation for setting up OPSEC was dismay at recent detailed media leaks about sensitive operations.

In an interview, Taylor denied OPSEC had any political slant. He described the group as a “watchdog organization” but added that the current administration “has certainly leaked more than others.”

OPSEC spokesmen said the group has about $1 million at its disposal and hopes to raise more after the release of its mini-documentary, entitled “Dishonorable Disclosures,” which aims, in spy-movie style, to document a recent spate of leaks regarding sensitive intelligence and military operations.

Following the film’s release, OPSEC’s spokesmen said, the group expects to produce TV spots on the anti-leak theme that will air in a number of states, including Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada - key battleground states.

Fred Rustmann, a former undercover case officer for the CIA who is a spokesman for the group, insisted its focus on leaks was “not a partisan concern.” But he said the current administration had been leaking secrets “to help this guy get re-elected, at the expense of peoples’ lives.... We want to see that they don’t do this again.”

Chad Kolton, a former spokesman for the office of Director of National Intelligence during the George W. Bush administration who now represents OPSEC, also said the group’s message and make-up are nonpolitical.

“You’ll see throughout the film that concern about protecting the lives of intelligence and Special Forces officers takes precedence over partisanship,” he said.

Responding to criticism about the president taking credit for the bin Laden raid, an Obama campaign official pointed to an interview with CNN last month in which Admiral Bill McRaven, commander of the raid, said: “At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden for this operation, that made the hard decisions, that was instrumental in the planning process, because I pitched every plan to him.”

“I think Admiral McRaven knows more about the President’s role in the bin Laden operation than this group,” the campaign official said.

(Additional reporting by Lauren French and Alexander Cohen in Washington. Editing by Claudia Parsons and Ciro Scotti)”

Source:

http://news.yahoo.com/special-ops-group-attacks-obama-over-bin-lade...

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I. New Campaign launched by former CIA, Special Operations Members to combat leaks and politicization of National Security Info!-Posted on Stand Up America-By SUAadmin-On August 15, 2012:

http://www.standupamericaus.org/politics-washington-dc/opsec-video-...

II. Video: STOP the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!-Posted on OPSECTeam.org-By OPSEC Team:

http://www.opsecteam.org/

III. Former Navy SEAL Team Six Commander Says Special Ops Assault on Obama Is Just Beginning!-Posted on Politicker-By Hunter Walker-On August 16, 2012:

http://politicker.com/2012/08/seal-assault-just-beginning/

IV. Anti-Obama Navy SEAL leader: I’m A Birther; Barack Obama's A Born Red-Diaper Baby!-Posted on Obama Release Your Records-On August 18, 2012:

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V. Birther Chris Matthews Attacks "Birther" Navy Seal For Practicing His 1st Amendment Right!-Posted on Obama Release Your Records-On August 23, 2012:

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VI. Obama Team Revives ‘Birther’ Claim To Fend Off Critical Veterans!’-Posted on Special Operations Speaks-By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller-On August 17, 2012:

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VII. Obama Campaign Strikes Back Against Former Navy SEALs!-Posted on The Atlantic Wire-By JOHN HUDSON-On August 16, 2012:

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VIII. Team Obama Responds To Special Ops Criticism Via John Kerry!-Posted on Special Operations Speaks-By ERIKA JOHNSEN, Hot Air-On August 17, 2012

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IX. OBAMA USES ‘SWIFT-BOATED’ KERRY TO SLAM NAVY SEAL CRITICS: ‘2004 candidate invokes ‘notorious’ group but still hasn’t released military records’!-Posted on WND.com-By ART MOORE-On August 17, 2012:

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XI. Bob Beckel Smears Military For “Attacking Obama”, Accuses Them Of Treason!-Posted on Special Operations Speaks-By The Right Scoop-On August 15, 2012:

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XII. Special Operations Speaks To Bob Beckel: Say It To My Face!-Posted on Special Operations Speaks-By Dick Brauer, Col., USAF (Ret.); Larry Bailey, Capt. (SEAL), USN (Ret.)-On August 16, 2012

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XIII. Navy SEAL responds after Media Matters staffer says Obama-critical ...!-Posted on The Daily Caller-By Vince Coglianese, Senior Online Editor-On August 16, 2012:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/16/navy-seal-responds-after-media-ma...

XIV. Navy SEALs PAC Rips Liberal Website for 'Gutless' Comment!-Posted on NewsMax.com-On August 18, 2012:

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Rustmann-navy-seals-leaks/2012/08/1...

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XVI. Video: Special Operations for America Sprint Cup Car #32!-Posted on YouTube.com-By SOforAmerica-On August 2, 2012:

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XVII. Former Navy SEAL’s Anti-Obama PAC Hits The Racetrack!-Posted on Politicker-By Hunter Walker-On July 27, 2012:

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http://soforamerica.org/?p=662

XX. FORMER SEAL BEHIND SCATHING NEW ‘BOW TO NOBODY’ AD DEFENDS VIDEO TO THEBLAZE: ‘LEAD BY EXAMPLE’!-Posted on Special Operations For America (SOFA)-By ADMIN-On August 29, 2012:

http://soforamerica.org/?p=666

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XXII. Rapper’s Family Got Personal Note From Obama, Fallen SEAL’s Families Get Form Letters!-Posted on Freedom Outpost-By Tim Brown-On August 30, 2012:

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http://teapartyorg.ning.com/forum/topics/is-the-obama-regime-target...

XXVII. Is the Obama Regime Targeting Veterans? (Part 2)-Posted on We The People USA-By Jake Martinez-On August 31, 2012:

http://wethepeopleusa.ning.com/profiles/blogs/is-the-obama-regime-t...

XXVIII. Ret. Commander at SEAL Team Six: “Someone had to take a stand” to defeat Obama!-Posted on SOFA-By WEBEDITOR-On September 22, 2012:

http://soforamerica.org/?p=775

Note:  Please read “Special Ops Groups Slam Obama Over Bin Laden Bragging, Leaks! (Part 2)” that contains articles and/or blog posts and videos that relate to: 1) the security leaks; 2) President Obama taking credit for the killing of Bin Laden and getting slammed by SEALS for using them as ammunition in bid to take credit for Bin Laden killing during election campaign; and  3) the George Soros connection:

Special Ops Groups Slam Obama Over Bin Laden Bragging, Leaks! (Part 2):

http://teapartyorg.ning.com/profiles/blogs/special-ops-groups-slam-...

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I. Alinsky Does Afghanistan! (Part I)-Posted on National Review Online- By Andrew C. McCarthy-On December 4, 2010:

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II. Alinksy Does Afghanistan! (Part II)-Posted on National Review Online-By Andrew C. McCarthy-On June 23, 2011:

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Follow-up Letter to NM Governor Martinez Requesting The Removal of President Obama From The NM 2012 Presidential Election Ballot!-Posted on We The People USA-By Jake Martinez on August 26, 2012:

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Follow-up Letter To NM U.S. Congressman Martin Heinrich Regarding My Request For Full-scale Investigation Into Allegations Made By Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse!-Posted on We The People USA-By Jake Martinez-On August 26, 2012:

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Follow-up Letter To NM U.S. Senator Tom Udall Requesting Congressional Investigation Into Allegations Made By Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse!-Posted on We The People USA-By Jake Martinez-On April 11, 2012:

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Follow-up Letter to NM Governor Martinez Regarding The Removal of President Obama From The NM 2012 Presidential Election Ballot!-Posted on We The People USA-By Jake Martinez on April 12, 2012:

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Note:  Please consider supporting the Special Ops OPSEC Team cause for the sake of our Country/Republic.

What follows is their powerful OPSEC Team Mission Statement: 

Mission Statement:

  • STOP the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!
  • EDUCATE the public on the importance and necessity of Operational Security in today's environment.
  • To Do Nothing is not an option as that allows the special operations and intelligence capabilities to be degraded, and paraded around like a show dog…ACTION IS REQUIRED NOW!

http://www.opsecteam.org/index.html

Note:  Please consider supporting the Special Operations For America (SOFA) cause for the sake of our Country/Republic. 

What follows is a powerful message from SOFA Chairman Ryan K. Zinke, along with SOFA’s Mission Statement:

A Message from Chairman Ryan K. Zinke!

The evidence is compelling that it was the Commander-in-Chief and his administration that first confirmed SEAL Team SIX conducted the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and then provided unprecedented access to classified CIA documents that detailed collection methods and operations. There can be no doubt that being the source of the leaks demonstrates a disregard for National Security and puts our troops at greater risk while jeopardizing our ability to conduct future operations. This week a former member of SEAL Team SIX who participated on the raid itself releases a book about his experience. Clearly, disclosing sensitive information to our enemies for political or monetary gain is worthy of prosecution. The problem the President faces is how can you hold a hero who was on the mission accountable for writing a book and not apply the same standard to himself as Commander-in-Chief for making a movie about the same event:

http://soforamerica.org/?p=634

Mission Statement

  • Special Operations for America (SOFA) is committed to a strong and independent military that is capable of defending America’s freedoms and interests.
  • SOFA is dedicated to restoring strong leadership to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief and those senior officials appointed by the President.
  • SOFA believes in American exceptionalism along with leadership that does not minimize American greatness or politicize military achievements for personal gain.
  • SOFA pledges to accurately address issues that affect our military and those core threats to National Security.
  • SOFA will identify and provide accurate information on policies that harm or discredit our national security and those who bravely protect us.

http://soforamerica.org/?page_id=154

Note: Please consider supporting the Special Operations Speaks (SOS) cause for the sake of our Country/Republic.

What follows is a powerful message from Larry Bailey, Captain (SEAL), USN (Retired), Co-Founder, Special Operations Speaks (SOS), along with SOS's Mission Statement:

My Straightforward Appeal: Help SOS Defeat Barack Obama!

http://specialoperationsspeaks.com/articles/our-straightforward-big...

Mission Statement

We, as veterans, legatees, and supporters of the Special Operations communities of all the Armed Forces, have noted with dismay and deep alarm the recent stream of highly damaging leaks of information about various aspects of America’s shadow war in the overall War on Terror.  Our principles are the same as when we were in active service — Duty, Honor, Country.

Our goals are:

  • To emphasize the pressing need for the nation and its representatives to understand the value of our Constitution and actively support a return to its application in all phases of government;
  • To illuminate the failed operational security environment of the Administration and to provide the public with accurate information about these repeated releases of highly classified information;
  • To restore accountability in government and with it the trust in our government that We The People deserve and demand.

http://specialoperationsspeaks.com/about/mission-statement

Note:  Please consider supporting the Stand Up America US (SUA) cause for the sake of our Country/Republic. 

Paul E. Vallely, Major General, US Army (Retired), is the founder of Stand Up America (SUA). What follows is a power message from SUA:  

Conservative action groups agree that preserving our Constitution is one of the most critical issues facing our country. The Stand Up America Project is taking action. We are promoting the Bill of Rights through publishing articles in national newspapers, talking on radio shows, lectures, internet media as well as publishing and promoting Pro-American books.

Your contribution to the Stand Up America US Project supports the fight against the takeover of America. We track the war against this country’s enemies, at home and abroad; Bang for your buck: that’s what the Stand Up America US Project provides. Ammunition for the culture war: that’s what your contribution buys. So please act now and help us in the fight we are waging on many fronts for America’s future.

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“Food For Thought”

God Bless Our Troops-God Bless the U.S.A.!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65KZIqay4E&feature=related

Semper Fi!

Jake

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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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