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John Kerry released $221 million to Palestinian Authority just before Trump’s Inauguration


waving flagPosted by    Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:00pm | 1/23/2017 – 6:00pm

URL of the original posting site: http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/01/john-kerry-released-221-million-to-palestinian-authority-just-before-trumps-inauguration/

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In defiance of congressional opposition.

We already have seen numerous moves by the former Obama administration to extend its policy preferences into the Trump era, including $500 million sent just days before the inauguration to fund the Paris Climate Agreement.

According to reports, a similar tactic was used to evade congressional opposition to transferring funds to the Palestinian Authority after complaints about its incitement efforts, including paying monthly salaries to convicted terrorist in Israeli jail.

The Associated Press reports:

Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied israels-back-590-liRepublican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.

A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office….

Congress had initially approved the Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, but at least two GOP lawmakers — Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee — had placed holds on it over moves the Palestinian Authority had taken to seek membership in international organizations. Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding after funds have been allocated.picture1

QUESTION: Rabbi Says Obama & Terrorists Are Birds Of A Feather – Do YOU Agree?


Published on December 26, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://clashdaily.com/2016/12/question-rabbi-says-obama-terrorists-birds-feather-agree/

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Obama is called out for not standing with Israel against a horribly biased UN Resolution.

Right outside the White House, at the National Hanukkah Menorah ceremony, Rabbi Levi Shemtov slammed the Obama administration for abandoning the historically close relationship of the US and Israel. He equated the US failing to veto UN Resolution 2334 which condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to aligning themselves with Israel’s enemies.

East Jerusalem is the site of the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount. The Old City of Jerusalem includes the only existing remnant of the historic and religious site — the Western Wall. The Western Wall came under Isreali control following the Six-Days War of 1967. The 1967 borders are part of the ‘disputed territory’ that many consider a hindrance to ‘Peace in the Middle East’. Historically, however, Jerusalem is an Israeli city and is of great significance to the Jews.

The Obama administration has held the opinion that the aggressor in the Middle East is Israel and not the Arab neighbors. Remember, the ‘government’ of Palestine is partly Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization. (As with most things in the Middle East, #ItsComplicated.) (You can read more about the Jewish view of the Resolution prior to it being tabled here. And the repercussions in the Middle East here.)

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Rabbi Levi Shemtov gave a speech after Obama’s proxy, acting treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Adam Szubin, spoke of dealing with the ‘darkness’ of terrorism by ‘drowning [it out] with light’.

The Orthodox Jewish rabbi took that speech and turned it around, transforming Obama’s actions into the ‘darkness’ that he said settlement-supporting Jews must fight, The Washington Examiner reported.

Shemtov was motivated by the UN vote held on December 23 that condemned as illegal the settlements created by Israeli citizens in the West Bank.

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The UN voted 14-0 in favor of the resolution. The US allowed the measure to pass by abstaining from voting – a major shift in the US’s long-standing policy of backing Israel.

‘Secretary Szubin spoke before of fighting darkness with light,’ said Shemtov, who is also the executive vice president of Orthodox Jewish group American Friends of Lubavitch.

‘I remember those words being spoken to a particular man by the rabbi many many years ago on Simchat Torah,’ he continued, referring to the time of the year in which one reading of the Torah ends and another begins.

‘The rabbi told him: “You are working in a place where there is great grief and darkness, but remember that in that place of darkness, you can only counter it by lighting a candle. By creating light.” ‘That man was Benjamin Netanyahu, and he was at the time the ambassador to the United Nations.’

He continued: ‘So as I know that some of us are so sad at what happened there with regard to Israel, we must remember that the way to counter any darkness, any disappointment is not with harsh rhetoric, not with anger, but when we create light, the darkness dissipates.’

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The resolution is an existential threat to Israel.

The anti-Semitism historic shift in mid-East policy under Obama has many wondering if it was the US that initiated the controversial resolution.

On Friday Ben Rhodes, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, dismissed Trump’s objections.

‘Our position is that there is one president at a time,’ he said. ‘President Obama is the president until January 20, and we are taking this action of course as US policy.’

‘We could not in good conscience veto a resolution that expressed concerns about the very trends that are eroding the foundation for a two-state solution.’more-words

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The reverberations from Friday’s vote were still being felt in Israel on Friday, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a meeting with the ambassadors of the ten countries that voted in favor of the resolution, as well as the US ambassador.

A furious Netanyahu even accused Obama of organizing the vote itself, according to NPR.

‘From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,’ he said in Hebrew.

‘Over decades, American administrations and Israeli governments had disagreed about settlements, but we agreed that the Security Council was not the place to resolve this issue.

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‘We knew that going there would make negotiations harder and drive peace further away.

“And, as I told John Kerry on Thursday, friends don’t take friends to the Security Council. I’m encouraged by the statements of our friends in the United States, Republicans and Democrats alike.

‘They understand how reckless and destructive this UN resolution was, they understand that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory.’

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The UN has historically been heavy-handed with Israel, but this has ramped up under the Obama administration. In 2015, 20 Resolutions were adopted against Israel and only 3 for the rest of the world combined. (See also the 20 Worst Things the UN Did in 2016, just for funzies.)

It is always dumbfounding to find the Left against Israel.

It is a free, secular democracy in a region that wants fanatical religious theocracies that limit freedoms.

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Golda Meir, a woman, was elected in 1969 as their 4th Prime Minister after a stellar political career. Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion called her Meir ‘the best man in the government’.

It is an inclusive nation surrounded by enemies along all of its borders.

You would think that Liberals would just love the ‘pluck’ of the Israelis and the values that they support.

But no, they side with… Hamas? WTF?

To paraphrase a former President, ‘Either you’re with Israel, or you’re with the terrorists.’

Does the inaction by the Obama administration actually count as action against Israel?

What do you think of Obama’s handling of the situation with the UN resolution?

Let us know in the comments.

Federal Judge Asks Why Obama Administration Isn’t Admitting Christian Syrian Refugees


waving flagAuthored by Hans von Spakovsky / / October 27, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://dailysignal.com/2016/10/27/federal-judge-asks-why-obama-administration-isnt-admitting-christian-syrian-refugees/

Of “nearly 11,000 [Syrian] refugees” admitted to the United States by September, “only 56 were Christian.” (Photo: Stephane Mahe/Reuters /Newscom)

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In an otherwise unremarkable opinion over the federal Freedom of Information Act, a federal appellate court judge has issued a sharp rejoinder to the Obama administration over an issue that has been discussed in the news—the almost complete lack of Syrian Christian refugees being brought over to the U.S.

The Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, a progressive liberal advocacy organization “dedicated to ensuring human rights protections” for immigrants and asylum seekers—including apparently terrorists—filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.

The lawsuit claimed that DHS was refusing to release the identity of Tier III terrorist organizations, unlike the identities of what are defined as Tier I and Tier II terrorist groups that are publicly identified.

Tier III terrorist organizations “tend to be groups about which the U.S. government does not have good intelligence, making it essential that [DHS] be able to obtain information about them during screening interviews that are as focused and complete as possible.”

The government argued that Tier III terrorist organizations are exempt from disclosure under FOIA because it would disclose “techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations.”

Individuals in Tier III groups are more likely than other asylum seekers “to commit violent or otherwise unlawful acts.” The court accepted the government’s assertion that if immigrants become aware of the identity of these Tier III organizations, which the Heartland Alliance made clear it intended to publicize, then members of the groups would “have a very strong incentive to falsify or misrepresent ” their “encounters, activities, or associations” with the terrorist groups.

If the immigrants don’t know a terrorist organization they have been associated with has been identified by the government, they are “likely to be less guarded in answering questions about [their] activities or associations with the organization.”Do you want

All three members of the panel agreed that the FOIA exemption applied, particularly because the Heartland Alliance could not “explain what the government would gain by pretending that harmless organizations are actually terrorist groups.”

The Heartland Alliance also made it clear that “its goal in the litigation” was to “discredit” the government’s classification of terrorist organizations, according to the court. Both “the tone and content” of its briefs “signals its disbelief that the government has secrets worth keeping from asylum seekers and their helpers.”

However, in a spirited concurrence written by Judge Daniel Manion, the judge expressed his “concern about the apparent lack of Syrian Christians as a part of immigrants from that country.”

According to Manion, it is “well-documented” that the refugees are not representative of that “war-torn area of the world.” Ten percent of the Syrian population is Christian and “yet less than one-half of 1 percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian.”

President Barack Obama set a goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S., and by August that goal had already been exceeded. But of the “nearly 11,000 refugees admitted by mid-September, only 56 were Christian.”

Yet Christian Syrians have been one of the primary targets of the Islamic jihadists infesting Syria and butchering, murdering, and killing civilians. The Islamic State has made it clear that it is going after Christians because it intends to “conquer Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women.”

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RAPE American women respondThus, one would expect that Christian Syrians would represent a significant portion of the Syrians being accepted into the U.S. as refugees. But that hasn’t been the case, and, according to Manion, the Obama administration has no “good explanation for this perplexing discrepancy.” Thus, we “remain in the dark as a humanitarian catastrophe continues.”

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This is also relevant to the complaints of various states about the Obama administration settling Syrian refugees in them without providing any information about the people arriving. As Manion points out, “the good people of this country routinely welcome immigrants from all over the world. But in a democracy, good data is critical to public debate about national immigration policy.”

The courts and the Obama administration “demand high evidentiary burdens for states seeking to keep their citizens safe, and then prevent the states from obtaining that evidence” on these refugees. That creates a catch-22 for state governments.

So while the administration brings Syrian refugees into the country by the thousands, it is concealing basic information about those refugees behind a wall of government secrecy. This, despite the fact that the Syrian refugee crisis has been the catalyst for the infiltration of terrorists into Western Europe.

Yet the administration refuses to tell the American public or the states how it is making its decisions on who it is accepting for resettlement in the U.S., or even what steps it is taking to ensure we don’t have the same infiltration here.

Or why, in a religious civil war where Christians are one of the main targets of the Islamic terrorists engaging in indiscriminate slaughter, it is bringing in almost none of those victims of one of the worst human rights atrocities of the new century.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hans von Spakovsky/

Hans von Spakovsky is an authority on a wide range of issues—including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform—as a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and manager of the think tank’s Election Law Reform Initiative. Read his research.

Obama team kept list of Muslims for top jobs, excluded non-Muslims


waving flagOctober 24, 2016 / By

URL of the original posting site: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/10/obama-team-kept-list-of-muslims-for-top-jobs-excluded-non-muslims

“High-profile Muslim Americans tend to be the subject of a fair amount of blogger criticism, and so the individuals on this list would need to be ESPECIALLY carefully vetted.”Muslims in the White House Administration

As a “blogger” critic, I am gratified to see this, but it is odd, since so many high-profile Muslim appointments were so obviously not carefully vetted. Take, for example, Mohamed Elibiary, who believes that the U.S. is an Islamic country and that the return of the caliphate is “inevitable,” who was for years a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. There were questions about Mohamed Elibiary’s true allegiances long before he was appointed to the Council. For quite some time, his Twitter profile incorporated the pro-Muslim Brotherhood hand signal, “R4BIA.” And years ago, he was one of the speakers at a December 2004 conference in Dallas titled “A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary.” The visionary in question was none other than the founding father of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini.

None of that appeared to bother the Obama team.

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“LEAKED: Obama Team Kept List of Muslims For Top Jobs, Excluded Non-Muslims,” by Justin Caruso, Daily Caller, October 24, 2016:

The newest batch of John Podesta’s hacked emails released by Wikileaks shows Obama’s transition team kept lists of Muslim and Asian candidates for jobs in the administration.

According to an email chain from 2008, John Podesta received lists of exclusively Muslims and Asians to be considered for jobs in the Obama administration. The email chain revealed that in this process, Middle Eastern Christians were purposefully excluded, or set aside in a separate list, with an aide writing,

In the candidates for top jobs, I excluded those with some Arab American background but who are not Muslim (e.g., George Mitchell). Many Lebanese Americans, for example, are Christian. In the last list (of outside boards/commissions), most who are listed appear to be Muslim American, except that a handful (where noted) may be Arab American but of uncertain religion (esp. Christian).

Also notable, there was concern that some of the Muslims suggested would not survive media scrutiny, with one aide writing, “High-profile Muslim Americans tend to be the subject of a fair amount of blogger criticism, and so the individuals on this list would need to be ESPECIALLY carefully vetted.”

She continues, “I suspect some of the people I list would not survive such a vet — but I do personally know, at least in part, virtually all of the candidates in the 1st two categories (but I know very few of those listed for outside boards/commissions).”

Within the lists themselves, candidates were further broken down, with every candidate labeled by their nationality and sometimes race.Obama Muslim collection

This follows a pattern of the Obama Administration using race and religion to determine hiring, with other leaked emails showing potential political appointees being labeled with an F for female, B for black, H for Hispanic, and M for Muslim….muslim-obama

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Feds to Spend $4.6 Million to Give ‘Emotional Wellness’ to Refugees


waving flagBY: September 14, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://freebeacon.com/issues/feds-spend-4-6-million-give-emotional-wellness-refugees/

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The Department of Health and Human Services issued a grant forecast last month detailing its plans to issue health care grants for refugees on top of government programs that are already available, such as Medicaid.

“The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites States to submit applications for Refugee Health Promotion (RHP) discretionary grant funds,” the grant forecast says. “The purpose of the RHP grant is to support health and emotional wellness among refugees. The program is designed to coordinate and promote local health and mental health services and education.”

muslim-obamaThe agency said the funding would be in addition to Medicaid and programs that provide cash and medical assistance for refugees.

“The RHP grant is intended to encourage partnerships with community-based organizations and complement existing care coordination and medical assistance programs such as Medicaid and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA), which includes refugee medical screenings (RMS), and other ORR-funded social service programs, including Preferred Communities,” according to the grant forecast. Preferred Communities is a job placement program for refugees.RAPEUGEES

The administration said it would post an official grant announcement on Jan. 6, 2017, less than two weeks before the president leaves office. Funding would be awarded next August.

The call for increased health funding comes as President Obama plans to admit 110,000 refugees in fiscal 2017, a 30 percent increase from this year, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The administration has already admitted 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, and is seeking “a significantly higher number” next year. The president’s plan would admit 40,000 refugees from the Near East and South Asia, including Syria.Do you want

Each refugee admitted into the United States from the Middle East costs taxpayers an estimated $64,370 to resettle.Not okay

The Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to request for comment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Harrington

Elizabeth Harrington is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Elizabeth graduated from Temple University in 2010. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she worked as a staff writer for CNSNews.com. Her email address is elizabeth@freebeacon.com. Her Twitter handle is @LizWFB.

DHS whistleblower: ‘Protect’ the election? Agency itself was hacked


September 5, 2016

Masters of non-compliance. DHS whistleblower: ‘Protect’ the election? Agency itself was hacked. (Image via deadlinelive.info)

I’ve been warning against a rush to take DHS secretary Jeh Johnson up on his proposal to declare state voting systems “critical national infrastructure.”

Johnson’s plan would allow the federal government to essentially take over the state voting systems, by administering standards for their performance even more actively than is already the case under the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

My chief concern so far has been that the integrity of these systems should not be entrusted to a central, federal authority.  I’d say this no matter who was in the White House, because it’s just a bad idea.  It centralizes the power to affect every election in the country, in a way there can be no effective checks and balances on. In the case of the Obama administration, it would be setting the fox to guard the hen house.  The states need to retain control of their voting systems.  And the less centralized the standard-setters and the vendors are, the better.what could possibly go wrong

But this weekend, WND pointed out another reason to be leery of Johnson’s plan.  A WND article cites Philip Haney, the former DHS analyst and whistleblower, reminding us that DHS itself has been the target of high-profile hacking. Jeh Johnson’s interest in declaring voting systems “critical infrastructure” has reportedly increased with the FBI’s revelation that hackers penetrated the state election boards of Arizona and Illinois.*  What they gained access to was the voter registration database in each state. But DHS has also been targeted successfully by hackers, including within the last year.

In the WND article, the instance Philip Haney refers to is the massive hack of the federal Office of Personnel Management in 2014-15, which affected nearly 22 million current and former federal workers, including thousands at DHS. But DHS was hacked in a different case more recently. In that case, a group of apparently independent foreign hackers (including at least one 16-year-old) gained access to DHS and DOJ records, and published personal information about 9,000 federal employees. The hack was reported in February 2016.

DHS’s track record with hacking hasn’t been impressive.  It’s interesting to note that the state election board hacks were accomplished through the method called “SQL injection.”  The reason that’s interesting is that the method has been a known vulnerability for two decades – and DHS was itself hacked by SQL injection attacks in 2008 and 2012.

Yet an audit done by the agency’s Inspector General in 2015 revealed that DHS was deficient in guarding against attacks by SQL injection, having failed to implement adequate precautions against those and other forms of cyberattack.Oh good

It’s all very well to condescendingly assure skeptics that DHS would of course do better than that in preparing to secure America’s voting infrastructure.  But what was stopping the agency from doing better at securing sensitive things like the personnel data of ICE and CBP, between 2008 and 2015?

It’s a legitimate question, why we should let control of our voting systems become centralized in a federal agency, when neither that agency nor most of the rest of the federal government has a respectable record of avoiding cyber-intrusion. It’s quite possible that centralizing control of our voting systems would just make life easier for hackers.  That’s a serious and valid point.  If cyberattacks are as hard to ward off as they seem to be, less centralization is inherently better.

* Here, it’s important to keep in mind that the state election board websites are not inherently “voting systems,” which typically are administered separately.  There may be electronic connections between them, but they’re not the same thing.  So don’t let the hacking of state administrators’ websites mislead you to believe that the computer you cast your vote on has necessarily been hacked.

It might be possible for someone to use voter registration data from the state election board database to enter false votes into the voting system itself.  But that would require penetrating another system.  Such penetration is possible, of course, but if it has happened, it hasn’t been reported.

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