Barack Obama Lets Four More Gitmo Detainees Go … This Time Sends 4 Back to Afghanistan

UNREAL … OBAMA RELEASES 4 GITMO DETAINEES BACK TO AFGHANISTAN …

One way or another, whether it is in the best interest of United States security or not, Barack Obama will let all the detainees out of GITMO before he leaves the White House. Obama’s latest efforts just released 4 detainees back to Afghanistan. Don’t worry though, it is not like 168 of the GITMO detainees released return to terrorist. Oh wait, they do. But what does Obama care. He is going to do anything he damn well pleases in his final years as president because we have gutless Republican leadership who stand for nothing and have the spine of a jellyfish.

GITMO detainees sent home to Afghanistan

The Pentagon on Saturday announced that it had transferred four detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison facility back to their home country of Afghanistan.

The Defense Department said all four men had been “unanimously approved for transfer” by the president’s interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force, which examines the possible security ramifications of releasing prisoners from the facility.

The transfers will bring the prison’s population down to 131, with 63 of the remaining detainees already cleared for removal.

The president has made closing the controversial facility a top priority in the final years of his presidency, and summoned senior administration officials to the White House last month to complain about the pace of efforts to close the detention center.

The meeting was seen largely as a message to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who the White House believed was dragging his feet in signing off on guarantees that the five upcoming transferees did not pose a security threat, according to the wire service.. There’s speculation that Hagel’s resistance played a role in the president’s decision to remove the Pentagon chief, who announced his intention to resign last month.

Obama stressed to the officials that he wanted action on efforts to shutter the controversial facility. The president pledged in his 2008 campaign that he would close the prison, and has come under fire from critics on the left for failing to achieve that goal.

U.S. Airstrikes Kill 3 Top ISIS Leaders (Haji Mutazz, Abd al Basit & Radwan Talib)

GOOD RIDDANCE …

U.S. airstrikes have killed two top-level and one mid-level ISIS leader, Haji Mutazz was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s deputy in Iraq; Abd al Basit was his military emir in Iraq; and Radwan Talib was his Mosul emir.

CNN:

U.S. airstrikes have killed two top-level and one mid-level ISIS leader, a senior U.S. military official tells CNN.

Haji Mutazz was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s deputy in Iraq; Abd al Basit was his military emir in Iraq; and Radwan Talib was his Mosul emir. Their deaths resulted from multiple strikes going back to mid-November — it has taken until now to determine conclusively they were killed.

“I can confirm that since mid-November, targeted coalition airstrikes successfully killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, in a statement on Thursday.

“We believe that the loss of these key leaders degrades ISIL’s ability to command and control current operations against Iraqi Security Forces, including Kurdish and other local forces in Iraq,” he said.

Daily Commentary – Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – Horrible Massacre at a Pakistan School

  • Death toll reaches 141, mostly children, in the aftermath of the Pakistani Taliban attack on a school run by the military

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NBC News’ Brian Williams Asks Former CIA Director Hayden: “How Are We Better Than our Enemies Morally?” … REALLY?

THE IDIOCY OF THE LIBERAL MSM …

UNBELIEVABLY, NBC’s Brian Williams actually asked former CIA Director Michael Hayden, following the release of the partisan Democrat Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s  enhanced interrogation techniques under the Bush administration, “How are we better than our enemies morally in light of what we all read about today?” Seriously folks, the liberal MSM actually asked how we are morally better than those who rape and kill women and children, and those who take pleasure in cutting people’s heads off.

Williams then went on to smugly ask, “how he’d feel about the techniques he supported if they were done to his family?” Hayden then put the liberal hack and those of his ilk in their place by responding, “I actually think that my outrage, if that were ever done to one of my family members, would be somewhat muted if my family member had just killed 3,000 of my citizens.”

Transcript:

Brian Williams: How are we better than our enemies morally in light of what we all read about today?

Michael Hayden: Well, let me give you a startling statement, Brian. And look, everyone knows these things were very tough. I got involved in this very late in the program. I endorsed their use going forward in a very minimized form. So these decisions aren’t taken lightly by anyone, believe me…. As bad as some people think the CIA behavior was with regard to these 100 or so detainees, if everyone on the planet used CIA behavior as the model the world would actually improve.

Hey Brian William, do you remember these terrorist stories?

American Photojournalist Luke Somers Held Hostage in Yemen Killed by al Qaeda During a Failed Rescue Operation

Thirty-three year old Luke Somers, the American photojournalist held hostage in Yemen, was killed by al-Qaeda terrorists during a failed rescue operation overnight. According to reports, at least 10 AQAP terrorists holding Somers were killed in the mission.  A South African teacher from the Relief group Gift of the Givers, Pierre Korkie, also being held by al Qaeda terrorists was killed. Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the attempt to free the captives was justified; “There were compelling reasons to believe Mr. Somers’ life was in imminent danger.”  Earlier this week,  a video was posted by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) of Somers and threatened to kill him if unspecified demands were not met. Somers was kidnapped in Yemen in September 2013.

Luke Somers

Luke Somers

American hostage Luke Somers was killed in a rescue attempt by the U.S. and Yemen Saturday.

A Yemeni national security official told Fox News Somers was still alive, but badly injured when U.S. special operation forces reached him in the rescue mission.

He had been injured by Al Qaeda militants during the raid. He would later die being transported to a U.S. Navy ship of Yemen.

Numerous AQAP terrorists holding the hostages captive were killed in the mission.

President Obama released a statement early Saturday morning condemning the “barbaric murder” of Somers by the Al Qaeda terrorists.

Obama said he ordered the rescue mission attempt Friday.

Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry all expressed their condolences to Somers’ family.

Reuters – U.S., South African hostages in Yemen killed in rescue attempt:

Major General Ali al-Ahmadi, chief of the national security bureau in Yemen, said Somers was killed during the raid and other hostages held by the group had been taken to field hospitals, but gave no details about them or their condition.

Somers was removed from the scene but died later from a wound he suffered during the rescue attempt, a senior official in the Yemeni president’s office said.

Relief group Gift of the Givers said teacher Pierre Korkie was also killed.

Hillary Clinton Says, We Must Show Respect and Empathize With America’s Enemies

AMERICA, IS THIS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF?

Former Secretary of State, former US Senator of New York and former First Lady Hillary Clinton says that “Smart power” also includes “showing respect even for one’s enemies. Trying to understand … empathize with their perspective and point of view.”  What Hillary Clinton calls smart power, others who actually like America and its freedoms and liberties call ignorant, foolish and naive utopian liberal BS. It is no wonder that Hillary accomplished nothing as Secretary of State except get frequent flier miles.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that women should play larger roles in conflict resolution and military efforts around the globe and that “smart power” includes empathizing and showing respect, even for one’s enemies, as the United States confronts a host of challenges on the world stage.

Lt. Col. Oliver North appeared ‘On the Record’ with Greta Van Susteran said oh Hillary’s comments, “those words coming out of some one who intends to be commander and chief are not just naive and utopian, it’s irrational.” As Col. North pointed out when Greta tried to make excuses for Hillary about being taken  out of context, Hillary was looking down at her notes and reading, not making an off the cuff comment. This is the underlying belief of progressives and liberals, we must understand why and empathize with our enemies because we must be to blame.  Case in point, Obama apology tour when he first became president.

Transcript from The Weekly Standard:

“This is what we call smart power,” Clinton said to a small audience at Georgetown. “Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one’s enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change — change the prospects for peace.

So are we supposed to respect and empathize with ISIS, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood and maybe Boko Haram? How about the terrorists who attacked the Libyan consulate in Benghazi and murdered Ambassador Stevens? How about those that would chop off the heads of innocents? Maybe Hillary would like to explain herself? But in the end, what difference would it make?

Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT) Asks HSS Jeh Johnson, “Did the President Change the Law?” and What Happened to the Deportation of the Terrorists” Who Entered the US Illegally

An amazing exchange yesterday between Rep. Jason  Chaffetz (R-UT) and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson discussing whether President Barack Obama had the Constitutional authority to change immigration law and what happened to the four terrorists who snuck into the United States illegally. Were they deported? The responses from Johnson were startling, but not unexpected from this corrupt, lawless and lying administration. Jeh Johnson actually had the audacity to call the exert from Obama’s speech suspicious. REALLY SIR? The Obama administration might want to look in the mirror. And you wonder why no one can work with Obama or his administration, their word means nothing.

Hypocrisy Meter

Transcript from RCP:

REP. JASON CHAFFETZ (R-Utah): What do you say to someone who believes the president took action to change the law?
JEH JOHNSON, DHS SECRETARY: We do not change the law, we act within the law.
CHAFFETZ: Can you play the clip? This is from Nov. 25. This is the president in Nevada talking about this (VIDEO).
BARACK OBAMA audio clip: But what you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law.
CHAFFETZ: So you say you didn’t change the law, but the president said he changed the law.
JOHNSON: We acted within existing law. We acted within our existing legal authority. Listen, I’ve been a lawyer 30 years, somebody plays me an eight word excerpt from a larger speech, I know to be suspicious. That was very nice.
CHAFFETZ: I’m going to read it back: “Now you’re absolutely right that there have been a significant number of deportations that’s true, but what you’re not paying attention to is the fact I just took action to change the law, so that’s point number one. Point number two: The way the change in the law works…” and he goes on. He’s pretty clear and he is the president of the United States. This is why we have a hard time believing that Homeland Security is doing the right thing.

The Blaze:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah.) grilled Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson over his department’s failure to deport four members of a terrorist organization who were captured crossing illegally into the U.S.

During a Tuesday hearing, Chaffetz recalled that Johnson had previously promised four men nabbed crossing the Southern border in early September would be deported. The individuals were thought to have ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, an organization designated as a terrorist group by the State Department.

“Did you deport them?” the Utah representative asked Johnson.

“Uh, no. Not at this point,” Johnson answered.

“What is the disposition of those four people,” Chaffetz pressed.

“Two are detained, the two others were released by the judge — uh, not my preference — they were released by the judge and they fled to Canada and they are seeking asylum in Canada,” the homeland secretary responded, before placing blame on an immigration judge for releasing two of the four men.

Al Qaeda Terrorists Plot in Europe to Blow Up 5 Planes in Christmas ‘Spectacular’ 9-11 Like Attack

Al Qaeda Terrorists Plot Christmas ‘Spectacular’ …

As reported at the New York Post, Al Qaeda terrorists are plotting to blow up five passenger planes flying between European cities as part of a Christmas “spectacular,” in a 9-11 like attack. According to credible sources, the threat is aimed at Europe,” adding, “The US has improved their security over the summer, but we have not.’’ because of the threat, British airport officials may require devices such as smartphones and iPads to be placed in checked luggage. May? Also, the threat has been deemed so seriously that officials may have an outright ban on all hand luggage. The fear is also that the future terrorism could be carried out by sleepers or western converts who could very likely have blue eyes and blonde hair as opposed to dark skin and beards.

Plane

Terrorists are plotting to blow up five passenger planes flying between European cities as part of a Christmas “spectacular,” according to a British newspaper report.

“Everyone is expecting something catastrophic very soon,” a source told the Sunday Express. “We’ve been told that five planes are being targeted in a high-profile hit before Christmas. They’ve been waiting for the big one.”

London authorities were the first to uncover the threat, which would involve midair bombings, a source told The Post.

“There is a credible threat that they’re concerned about,’’ another source said. “They’ve known about it for a while.”

UK Express - EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda plot to blow up 5 passenger planes in Christmas ‘spectacular’:

The plot, which has been known about for the past two months, is thought to involve Islamists smuggling bombs on to planes bound for major European destinations before Christmas.

The well-placed security insider said talks had been held about how to deal with it, with suggestions made to ban hand luggage.

The source said: “High level negotiations are continuing at Governmental level but at the moment there has been little done to respond.

“There is paralysis because of the difficulty of banning hand luggage which is one of the strongest weapons we have against the new threats.

“All electronics may be banned from hand luggage and placed in the hold, that has been considered, and there has been behavior analysis training at airports but while it’s effective, it’s difficult to roll out quickly and is not a sufficient safety net.

ISIS Terrorists Claims They Have Beheaded American Hostage Peter Kassig

ISIS BEHEADS AMERICAN HOSTAGE PETER KASSIG.

ISIS appears to have done it again. In a VIDEO, ISIS terrorists claim to have beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig. That now makes the 5th Westerner that ISIS has brutally murdered. The 26 year old Peter Kassig, also known as Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as he converted to Islam, was an aid worker in Syria prior to his capture. Kassig was a U.S. soldier and returned to the Middle East  as a medical worker, feeling compelled to help victims of war. Kassig’s parents had previously asked for mercy for their some; however, as we all know … ISIS has no mercy.

Kassig was an Army veteran who served in the Iraq war before he was honorably discharged for medical reasons in 2007.

Kassig later became an emergency medical technician and volunteered as a medical assistant in border hospitals in Lebanon in 2012, treating Palestinian refugees and those fleeing from the Syrian conflict.

In the fall of 2012, Kassig founded an NGO called SERA, Special Emergency Response and Assistance, eventually moving its base of operations to Turkey, according to a family spokesman. From there Kassig “sourced and delivered food and medical supplies to the growing [refugee] camps on both sides of the Syrian border.” He also gave primary trauma care to children caught in the crossfire.

CNN:

Militants claim to have beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig in a video published to the Internet on Sunday, purportedly from terror group ISIS.
ISIS reportedly beheads Peter Kassig.

The video shows the aftermath of a beheading, in which the victim is not clearly recognizable. CNN has not been able to confirm the authenticity of the video nor the identity of the victim.

Kassig, 26, who converted to Islam in captivity, also went by the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

He went to the Middle East as a U.S. soldier and returned as a medical worker, feeling compelled to help victims of war.

He did aid work in Syria, where he was captured. He was held hostage for over a year.

Kassig’s parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, acknowledged the reports of their son’s death in a statement and said they would wait for government confirmation of their authenticity. They asked for privacy.

UPDATE I: Western Leaders React To Peter Kassig Beheading Video Posted By Islamic State.

Leaders of Australia and the U.K., as well as a representative of the U.S. National Security Council, have publicly denounced the contents of a video that allegedly shows members of the Islamic State militant group in Syria beheading Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an American aid worker who was born Peter Kassig. The militant group formerly known as either ISIL or ISIS purportedly posted the video online Sunday: It appears to show so-called Jihadi John, a militant responsible for previous hostage beheadings, holding Kassig’s head.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott denounced the footage at a press conference covered by the Guardian. Abbott would not comment on the video’s authenticity or whether he had seen any additional footage, saying only that the Islamic State group should be called a death cult.

British Prime Minister David Cameron posted on Twitter earlier Sunday, saying  he was horrified by what he called Kassig’s “cold-blooded murder”

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Immediately Calls Death of Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo as Terrorism, Um … Barack Obama Maybe Not So Much

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls murder of Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo as Terrorism, Barack Obama actually called it a “these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism”. Or?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the following, “Cpl. Cirillo was murdered today, killed in cold blood, as he provided a ceremonial honor guard at Canada’s National War Memorial. This week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.”

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acts like a leader …

NBC News:  Canadian Prime Minister Harper Calls Ottawa Gunman a ‘Terrorist’

But Harper had no doubt, saying in a nationally televised address Wednesday night that “we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had.” The attack, he said, was proof that “Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks that we have seen elsewhere around the world.”

“But let there be no misunderstanding: We will not be intimated — Canada will never be intimidated,” Harper said. “In fact, this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts, and those of our national security agencies, to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home.”

For terrorist organizations “who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores,” he had this message: “They will have no safe haven.”

Then there is Barack Obama, who once a again would not just come out and call the murder for what it was … “Obviously, the situation there is tragic, but it emphasizes the degree of which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.” WTF, these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism!!! Does Barack Obama think this was also workplace violence? Obama would later say, when it comes to dealing with terrorism, Canada and the United States has to be entirely in sync.”

Then There is Barack Obama …

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