Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obama will pay a price for blaming intelligence services for ISIS failures. The only question is how high it will be.

President Obama’s 60 Minutes interview, taped last Friday and aired Sunday, is turning out to be a disaster for him, and may even be a tipping point of sorts. There are six dimensions to the disaster.
1.  By blaming the intelligence community for his failure to act on the ISIS threat, he ensured that a series of damaging leaks will be coming, and they are already starting.
The UK Daily Mail, always far less constrained than the American media when it comes to revealing information damaging to the American progressive establishment, quotes “an administration insider,” summarized in its own bullet points:
  • A national security staffer in the Obama administration said the president has been seeing 'highly accurate predictions' about the rise of the ISIS terror army since 'before the 2012 election'
  • Obama insisted in his campaign speeches that year that America was safe and al-Qaeda was 'on the run'
  • The president said during Sunday's '60 Minutes' program that his Director of National Intelligence had conceded he underestimated ISIS
  • But the administration aide insisted that Obama's advisers gave him actionable information that sat and gathered dust for more than a year
  • 'He knew what was at stake,' the aide said of the president, and 'he knew where all the moving pieces were'
  • Obama takes daily intelligence briefings in writing, he explained, because no one will be able to testify about warning the president in person about threats that the White House doesn't act on
  • This may be a foretaste of what is to come, as intelligence officials realize they will be sacrificial lambs.
    2. Obama has now handed his political opponents a big issue. He has failed in his duty to protect America.
    Republicans are not remaining quiet. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the Hosue Intelligence Committee, is quoted in The Hill saying that
    ...the intelligence community had warned President Obama about the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for "over a year."
    "This was not an Intelligence Community failure, but a failure by policy makers to confront the threat," Rogers said in a statement Monday.
    3.  The media, which had invested so much in his success for so many years, is having a hard time coping with such a naked demonstration of personal irresponsibility on such grave matters.
    Yesterday, Josh Earnest faced the unenviable task of walking back the president’s remarks without ever giving a sense that he made a mistake:
    "The president’s commander in chief and he’s the one who takes responsibility for ensuring that we have the kinds of policies in place that are required to protect our interests around the globe," Earnest said.
    This so clearly contradicts Obama’s blamethrowing that it can only provoke more outrage from those paying attention.
    Even Ron Fournier of the National Journal (and former AP White House correspondent), no raging rightie, could not restrain himself, and tweeted:

    I, me, my. It's their fault. I, me, my. It's their fault. I, me, my. It's their fault. I, me, my. It's their fault. I, me, my ...
     4. There is a substantial public record that Obama was warned on not just ISIS but several related national security issues, and ignored them for political benefit – to maintain his 2012 election narrative that Al Qaeda was decimated and on the run.  As Rick Moran pointed out yesterday, the on-the-record evidence that Obama was amply warned is substantial, as Eli Lake documented. Today, David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon adds to the list with historical depth.
    All of these factors affect only those people paying attention, and as everyone knows, it is the low information voters who hold the fate of the nation in their hands. So, the question becomes: what impressions will they be gaining? And here is where the tipping point analogy becomes hazardous for Obama.
    5. National security is a gut-level issue, and Obama is forming an image of someone unable to muster the level of concern or leadership necessary to protect us. The startling images of Americans being beheaded by ISIS (and by a Muslim convert in the heartland) have penetrated the low information bubble, and people realize that we face a serious threat.

  • Once the impression is created that Obama is irresponsible in his duty to protect us, it will be very hard indeed for him to escape a degree of scorn, particularly if the threat from ISIS and domestic terrorists (including lone wolves who may not be done with beheadings) continues to produce dramatic images. One thought that keeps me up at night is that we already have over a thousand “advisors” wearing boots that are on the ground in Iraq and probably Syria, and these troops are at risk of being captured and beheaded on camera. What would be the response of the public if an American soldier suffers this fate and it is on the internet?
    The expression “security moms” was created to encapsulate a large sector of the Democrats’ female base that becomes uneasy when they perceive a security issue that could affect their loved ones. There can be plenty of security dads, too.
    6. There is disturbing evidence that Obama is just not interested enough in the hard, detailed, and potentially boring minutiae of national security. He has attended less than half (42.7%) of the Presidential Daily Briefings in the first 2079 days of his presidency. And when he reads a memo, he does so on an iPad.

    I love my iPad, and use it a lot. But that is in casual settings, often while watchign TV. Is Obama watching sports as he consults his iPad? It does not connote responsibility.

    With an election in a bit over a month, the timing could not be worse. Obama may face a reckoning. Unfortunately, so will America.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/09/obama_will_pay_a_price_for_blaming_intelligence_services_for_isis_failures_the_only_question_is_how_high_it_will_be.html#ixzz3EqnxKgnv 

  • http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/09/president_obama_needs_to_stop_blaming_people_for_isis.html

Trey Gowdy SLAMS Dem Rep. For Blaming Secret Service Issues On Sequestration [VIDEO]

During Monday’s House Oversight hearing, GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy ripped Dem Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton for suggesting the recent incident involving Omar Gonzalez hopping the White House fence and running into the White House could be be a direct result of sequestration.
The hearing was held after multiple issues involving the Secret Service, including the aforementioned fence hopper and the Washington Post report about the service’s response to gunshots fired at the White House in 2011.
Norton asked Secret Service director Julia Pierson questions about the effects of sequestration on the Secret Service, suggesting that the protection agency is down a few hundred agents since the sequester was put into effect. Pierson responded, telling the congresswoman the protection agency is down 550 employees from their “optimal level.” (RELATED: Ranking Member Leaves Hearing To Do MSNBC Hit)
Gowdy, the South Carolina freshman congressman, chastised Norton for the mere mention of it.
“I have some colleagues who are absolutely obsessed with sequestration. We can’t have any hearing without it coming up,” he said. “But you’re not going to sit here and tell us that sequestration is the reason why your agency did not find evidence of the shooting, are you?”
“No, I am not,” responded Pierson.
Gowdy carried on, telling Pierson he was “stunned” sequestration was even brought up. (RELATED: Secret Service Was Concerned For Years That White House Fence Was Not Secure)
At the end of his time, Gowdy, who chairs the ongoing Benghazi select committee, told the Secret Service director the whole situation boiled down to doing a thorough walkthrough of the White House premises and “processing a crime scene.”
“This is just processing a crime scene, director, this is not high math. It is processing a crime scene. You actually don’t need 18 weeks of training to be able to do that. You just need to walk around.”
Later in the hearing GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis asked Pierson how many agents accompanied her to the hearing Tuesday. She responded, saying 12 senior managers came to the hearing with her.
DeSantis told Pierson her agency had originally requested 18 attendees to the hearing, adding that “it cuts against this idea that we’re at a manpower shortage.”

Trey Gowdy’s Not a Detective & He Doesn’t Play One on TV – But He Just Solved the Mystery How Inept The Obama Administration Is

There are few pure pleasures in life. Taking a long stroll down the beach at sunset, the waves lapping at your toes while little squiggles of seaweed massage your tired feet. Downing a tall frosty mug of tap beer after a full work-day spent pounding the pavement on a road construction site.
Listening to Trey Gowdy simply grill some hapless bureaucrat who just had a really bad day and somehow found herself in the crosshairs of Congre
ssional testimony. Ahhh, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Such was the case on Tuesday when Congressman Gowdy confronted Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, whose unenviable task it was to inform the nation that an attack on the White House in 2011 was only discovered three-to-four days later… by a housekeeper.
Congressman Gowdy just goes ahead and puts the Secret Service Director on the spot:

Is that true, did a housekeeper find evidence of the shooting and your agents did not?

Ms. Pierson not only admitted this was the case, but that the shooting was discovered by her three-to-four days later.
Incompetence, much like certain viruses in the news, tends to spread. And in the case of government incompetence, it starts at the head and works its way through the entire organism.

Whether it’s the VAthe EPA, the State Department, the ATF, the DOJ, all the way to the National Parks Service, and obviously the Secret Service, when the head of the nation is too inexperienced and too ideologically detached to understand basic operations of government, we can expect it to take three or four days to find out there was a shooting at the White House, and that it ultimately was discovered by a housekeeper.

Court: Obama Admin Can’t Hide Investigation into Former White House Adviser

This guy can always twist crap into an ice cream cone when he speaks and the liberals believe him. Another Liberal dirt bag using the IRS as a weapon. Looks like a crap load of Liberals involved in the IRS Scandal?

Austan Goolsbee / AP

The Obama administration must acknowledge the existence of an independent investigation into former White House senior economics adviser Austan Goolsbee’s alleged unauthorized access to the Koch brother’s tax returns, a court ruled Tuesday.
A federal judge ruled the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) must disclose to watchdog group Cause of Action whether records of an investigation exist.
Cause of Action filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after TIGTA refused to confirm or deny the existence of the investigation in what is commonly known as a “Glomar response.”
“The court has ruled that the federal government cannot hide behind confidentiality laws to prevent Americans from knowing if our President has gained unauthorized access to their tax information,” Cause of Action executive director Dan Epstein said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a decisive win for all Americans and for government transparency and accountability.”
Former White House Council of Economic Advisers chairman Austan Goolsbee sparked a mini-scandal in 2010 when he told reporters during a background press briefing that Koch Industries—the company of libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch—paid no income taxes.
Conservative lawmakers and activists said Goolsbee’s statements not only unfairly singled out the president’s political opponents but also used confidential IRS documents to do so.
TIGTA announced in response to a letter from six Republican senators that it was launching an investigation into Goolsbee’s comments and whether he violated the law. However, the report was never released to the senators or the public.
TIGTA refused to confirm or deny the existence of the investigation in response to several FOIA requests from the Washington Free Beacon, Koch Industries, and Cause of Action. The agency general cited a statute forbidding the unauthorized release of any citizen’s tax returns.
However, the court ruled Tuesday that the statute did not bar the agency from confirming the existence of an investigation, and that the agency had waived its right to apply other exemptions by previously acknowledging the report.
“The fact that TIGTA has publicly announced that it has investigated unlawful disclosures of, or access to, that body of information protected by statute as ‘return information’ strongly suggests that the fact of an investigation is not, itself, ‘return information,’” the court wrote.
The court cited an Aug. 10, 2011 email obtained by The Washington Examiner from Treasury Special Agent Daniel K. Carney, in which Carney wrote, “The final report relative to the investigation of Austan Goolsbee’s press conference remark is completed, has gone through all the approval processes.”
The White House has consistently denied that it illicitly reviewed Koch Industries’ tax documents. However, it has offered shifting explanations for where Goolsbee got the information he disclosed in the briefing.
An administration official told Politico that the White House got the information from testimony before the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) and from Koch’s own website.
When then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked to name the sources, he did not offer a specific answer. “I don’t know the answer off the top of my head on that,” Gibbs said. “Again, I can see if there’s better information on that.”
The White House later said Goolsbee was just repeating something he recalled reading.



These Idiots are like a pack of animals. What if someone that is entitled to conceal carry and decide to use their weapon. What do we have now, a racial thing? I would hope not based on the action of these cockroaches!

Memphis, Tennessee suffered another attack by a rampaging mob of black teenagers after they flooded the streets after a local high school football game Friday.

The mob of some 40 teens flooded into the street near inner city Central High School on Friday, September 26 just after the end of the game.
A witness to the rampaging mob, Sharon Mourning, said she wished she were armed at the time. "Had I had been armed we would have had a lot of kids laying in the Bellevue street that night," she said.
The laughing, screaming teenagers waded into the street throwing bricks at cars, jumping on them and damaging them, and accosting pedestrians.
Mourning said she saw the teens beat an elderly man and another child. "I actually looked at the child. His face was bleeding. You know they had done beat him," she told the media.
The woman was unhappy with the actions of the Memphis police who seem to have issued juvenile summons to only two kids involved in the mob action. Mourning said the few summonses were not enough and that there was a bigger problem simmering in Memphis.
"Memphis is going to burn if they don’t control these children," she said.
This is the second reported attack by a mob of black teens in the Bluff City.
Only weeks ago a mob of black teens swarmed a parking lot in East Memphis attacking patrons of a Kroger grocery store and beating one of the store's white employees into unconsciousness.
Days after the incident at the grocery store, Memphis police arrested several people for the attacks.
The grocery store incident was preceded by an attack by a mob of black youths on a white couple outside a nightclub in Springfield, Missouri. The couple were beaten and kicked to the ground. No arrest has been made in that incident.

Melissa Harris-Perry and Guests: Islam Not Relevant to Oklahoma Beheading

Caution: More MSNBC Liberal stupidity on Display here!

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry hosted a roundtable discussion last week which eventually turned to the topic of the beheading of a woman in Moore, Oklahoma on Friday. Harris-Perry and her guests Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad argues that it was merely a case of workplace violence to which Islam had no particular connection.

"It is a story that I read as a workplace violence," Harris-Perry said to open the topic (video below). Dean Obeidallah was upset that the incident was being connected to Islam. "We're seeing right-wing media use this, continuing the narrative. Look, Muslims are here in America; they're committing jihad. The man just converted last year. There was over 500 workplace. We don't know about the religion of any of those murderers, but if someone is Muslim it's got to be a terrorist," Obeidallah argued.
There's actually no mystery about why a possible connection to terrorism arose in this particular case. "Due to the manner of death and initial statements of co-workers and other initial information that our investigators have gathered we requested the assistance of the FBI in conducting a background investigation," Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said during a press conference Friday.
The manner of death is obviously the beheading. His reference to initial statements may include the fact that Nolen had been proselytizing at work and the, still unconfirmed, report that he was shouting Islamic phrases during the attack. Finally, Sgt. Lewis' reference to "other initial information" may include the contents of Nolen's Facebook page.
As Breitbart News reported Friday, Nolen's Facebook page had become increasingly devoted to Islam over the past year. In addition to images of jihadist fighters and condemnations of the United States, in March Nolen posted a graphic image of a beheading which was accompanied by a verse from the Koran.
I asked Dean Obeidallah if he really believed the Facebook postings, particularly the beheading image, were not relevant to the case:
Obeidallah refused to answer my direct question which, again, is based on his statements on MSNBC about the relevance of Nolen's religious views. But, as noted above, the police cited three reasons which motivated them to ask the FBI to investigate Nolen's background. Even if authorities decide it was not the prime motive, there is more than enough evidence to warrant its consideration. What is not warranted is dismissing the connection as Islamophobia, especially without even having all of the evidence.

What a Disgusting Talking Head, not a reporter!



Then this Clown has the nerve to throw his intelligence team under the bus when the info has been in front of his face the whole time!

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI)report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.
The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said Obama.
According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame.
“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” a former senior Pentagon official “who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq” told the Daily Beast.
On Monday, others in the intelligence community similarly blasted Obama and said he’s shown longstanding disinterest in receiving live, in-person PDBs that allow the Commander-in-Chief the chance for critical followup, feedback, questions, and the challenging of flawed intelligence assumptions.
“It's pretty well-known that the president hasn’t taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009,” an Obama national security staffer told theDaily Mail on Monday. “He gets them in writing.”
The Obama security staffer said the president’s PDBs have contained detailed threat warnings about the Islamic State dating back to before the 2012 presidential election.
“Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president's daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,” the Obama security staffer told the Daily Mail.
This is not the first time questions have been raised about Obama’s lack of engagement and interest in receiving in-person daily intelligence briefings. On September 10, 2012, the GAI released a similar report showing that Obama had attended less than half (43.8%) of his daily intelligence briefings up to that point. When Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen mentioned the GAI’s findings in his column, then-White House Press SecretaryJay Carney dubbed the findings “hilarious.” The very next day, U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American staff members were murdered in Benghazi. As Breitbart News reported at the time, the White House’s very own presidential calendar revealed Obama had not received his daily intel briefing in the five consecutive days leading up to the Benghazi attacks.
Ultimately, as ABC News reported, the White House did not directly dispute the GAI’s numbers but instead said Obama prefers to read his PDB on his iPad instead of receiving the all-important live, in-person briefings.
Now, with ISIS controlling over 35,000 square miles of territory in its widening caliphate in Iraq and Syria, and with Obama pointing fingers at his own Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for the rise of ISIS, the question remains whether a 42% attendance record on daily intelligence briefings is good enough for most Americans.