Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hillary misleading about email probe during debate, former FBI agents say

Hillary Clinton used misleading language in Thursday night’s Democratic debate to describe the ongoing FBI investigation into her use of a private email server to conduct official government business while she was secretary of state, according to former senior FBI agents.

In the New Hampshire debate with Senator Bernie Sanders, which aired on MSNBC, Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd that nothing would come of the FBI probe, “I am 100 percent confident. This is a security review that was requested. It is being carried out.”


I'm 100% sure the DOJ won't indict me.

Speaking of debates. How many Democratic debates have aired on FOX?

Not true says Steve Pomerantz, who spent 28 years at the FBI, and rose from field investigative special agent to the rank of assistant director, the third highest position in the Bureau.

“They (the FBI) do not do security reviews,” Pomerantz said. “What they primarily do and what they are clearly doing in this instance is a criminal investigation.”

Pomerantz emphasized to Fox News, “There is no mechanism for her to be briefed and to have information about the conduct, the substance, the direction or the result of any FBI investigation.”

Separately, an intelligence source familiar with the two prongs of the ongoing FBI probe, stressed to Fox that the criminal and national security elements remain “inseparable.” The source, not authorized to speak on the record, characterized Clinton’s statement “as a typical Clinton diversion… and what is she going to say, “I’m 95 percent sure that I am going to get away with it?”

Fox recently learned that one of the FBI's senior agents responsible for counterintelligence matters, Charles H. Kable IV, is working the Clinton case, another indicator the intelligence source said that the FBI probe is “extremely serious, and the A-team is handling.”

Kable, known as "Sandy," was appointed special agent in charge of the counterintelligence division at the Washington field office by Director James Comey in December.

He had recently served as the chief of the counterespionage section at FBI headquarters. In that capacity, a bureau press releases says the 15-year, well-respected FBI veteran, "provided leadership and oversight to the field offices engaged in espionage, economic espionage, and insider threat investigations." 

While his responsibilities are not publicly known, Kable was described to Fox as "tough and no-nonsense FBI." The intelligence source said analysts and agents are exploring whether the mishandling of classified information was "intentional" and who may have benefited. 

A spokeswoman for the FBI took Fox's questions, but said they would not be providing comment on Kable’s role or the FBI case. 

In 2009, Kable led investigations against known and suspected Chinese intelligence officers in the U.S. In January, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, told the Hugh Hewitt radio show that "the odds are pretty high" that then-Secretary of State Clinton's personal email server was hacked by Iran, China and Russia.

A separate source told Fox, "it is no less of a violation of espionage statutes if any material was classified secret or top secret....All the statute requires is national defense information or NDI,” adding "this is way past accidental spillage…(it) is being investigated as intentional mishandling…in this kind of high profile investigation, the most damaging information takes primacy.” 

Investigations into the compromise of classified information include damage assessments. In the recent case of former CIA Director David Petraeus, the damage was deemed to be limited, discreet, and knowable because the highly classified information was shared with his biographer, who also had a security clearance.

In Hillary Clinton's case, if the private server was compromised by a third party, the extent of the damage maybe unknowable. 

Still think..."It was the video"?

The hacker "Guccifer" compromised Clinton’s adviser Sydney Blumenthal's AOL account, and he copied the email exchanges sent to Clinton. The Romanian hacker, whose real name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, has an extradition hearing February 17, and in an interview, indicated he would welcome extradition to the U.S.

I'm thinking/hoping...when this guy arrives they'll offer him immunity in exchange for every drop of information he has on her. The fact they're extraditing him makes me feel better about her chances of going down. Then again, the DOJ is another matter.

The amount of classified information, now including 22 top secret emails the State Department withheld from public release last week, stands at more than 15-hundred.

At the State Department briefing Thursday, spokesman John Kirby was asked by Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge whether Clinton, as well as aides Huma Abedin, and Cheryl Mills, completed the required classified training that includes the proper storage, handling, and identification of classified information.

"Everybody here is trained in how to handle sensitive information. Sometimes that takes place in in-person briefings and I can't comment any further," Kirby said. Asked it was documented, Kirby said he had nothing more to offer, but did confirm Clinton, Abedin, Mills were not exempt from the strict rules that apply to State Department personnel.

Fox: “So they would not be an exception?”

Kirby: “Everybody that works at the State Department gets trained in how to handle sensitive information. Sometimes that's done in- person briefings.”

This is important because, on its face, this seems to undercut Clinton's claim she had no way to know it was classified because the emails were not marked. Personnel are briefed on what constitutes classified information and its proper handling. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch sought the records documenting the classification training, but in a letter dated January 22, 2016, exactly seven years after Clinton signed her Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to serve as Secretary of State, the government watchdog was told "no responsive records" could be found.

And finally...


Friday, February 5, 2016

Ariens Co. fires seven Muslim employees

Because they want to take 5 prayer breaks a day.

You know who's fault this is?
You would have to be awfully stupid not to realize it's not if you're going to have  problems with Muslims its when.

"32 of the Muslim employees have chosen to stay with the company and work within the break policy, 14 had resigned and seven were fired for taking unscheduled prayer time."

Is Ariens a company or a mosque?

Guess they didn't do their homework before hiring them. This one's worse than the one below.


Ariens Co. says it has fired seven Muslim employees for taking unscheduled prayer breaks, and 14 others have resigned over the issue.

More than 50 Somali immigrant Muslims at the Brillion manufacturer recently protested the company's enforcement of a policy of two 10-minute breaks per work shift — without accommodations for unscheduled prayer time.

The Muslim employees wanted the manufacturer of snowblowers and lawn mowers to continue a previous, more lenient practice of allowing them to leave their work stations at different times — such as at dawn and sunset — to pray as their faith requires of them.

Ariens said it was sticking with a policy that does not accommodate special prayer breaks, despite having bent the rules earlier.

Wednesday, Ariens said 32 of the Muslim employees have chosen to stay with the company and work within the break policy, 14 had resigned and seven were fired for taking unscheduled prayer time.

"We handled this with the same straightforward approach we use every day at Ariens Company. Recognizing there are language barriers and cultural differences, we allowed for extra time. We would have liked for more of the employees to stay, however, we respect their faith, we respect the work they have done for Ariens Company, and we respect their decisions," the company said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based group that has been an advocate for the Muslims at Ariens, says it may file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces federal employment discrimination laws.

"We have several options on the table, and we will look at all of them. I think the EEOC is one of the first moves that we normally make," said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The Muslim employees at Ariens have said their religious practices, rather than the company's break schedule, should determine their prayer times.

(Muslims come first...screw everybody else)

They also have said the brief periods of prayer would not be disruptive to the company's production line, although with more Muslims in the workplace, Ariens said unscheduled work breaks could cost the company millions of dollars annually in lost productivity.

This time of year, the company's 900 employees in Brillion are balancing the production of snowblowers and equipment for the upcoming lawn and garden season.

Hussein said his organization had one conversation with Ariens Co., but that there was no point in scheduling further talks because the company would not change its position.

Now, "We will definitely look at all of the legal options. We are just getting everything lined up for what we are going to do next," he said.

Hussein said the EEOC has ruled in favor of Muslims in some similar cases and that out-of-court agreements were reached with employers.

He said Ariens Co. asked the fired employees to sign a statement saying they had violated the company's break policy by taking unscheduled prayer time, but that most of them refused to do it.

"We are encouraging them to apply for unemployment benefits," Hussein said. "But at the end of the day, we want these people to have their jobs and to continue working there."

By law, an employer must provide "reasonable accommodations" for religious practices, provided they do not result in a hardship for the employer.

Ariens has prayer rooms for its workers on their regular, twice-per-shift, 10-minute breaks. Additionally, the company said, it was looking for ways to move Muslim employees to work shifts that would better conform with their prayer times.

Ariens and the Council on American Islamic Relations agreed that the dispute has stirred up anti-Muslim reactions.

Hussein said he's received death threats from similar disputes.


Maybe Killary won't have to go to jail in order for Sanders to be the nominee

Sanders might just beat her outright. This is scary. If Sanders beats the Republican nominee within 18 months in office he'll bankrupt the country. Remember, if he should become POTUS the deficit at that time should be around $20 trillion (thanks to Barry) and he's only going to ring it up from there.


Sanders gets a nationwide boost

Democrats are feeling the Bern so much that the Vermont senator is practically tied with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new nationwide poll. 

Quinnipiac released the numbers this morning showing Bernie Sanders at 42 percent and Clinton at 44 percent.

That's a huge improvement for Sanders who, at last Quinnipiac polling in December, was getting just 30 percent of nationwide Democratic support, versus Clinton who received 61 percent. 

'Democrats nationwide are feeling the Bern as Sen. Bernie Sanders closes a 31-point gap to tie Secretary Hillary Clinton,' said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Megyn Kelly set for next Fox News debate

Megyn Kelly will be there.

 Will Donald Trump?

Fox News Channel has announced that Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace will return to moderate the third GOP presidential debate this election season on Fox News Channel.

The live event starts at 9 p.m. March 3 in Detroit and will run two hours.

"The debate will take place at a pivotal point in the 2016 election cycle, hosted two days after Super Tuesday and ahead of key primary votes in Michigan on March 8th and Florida and Ohio on March 15th," Fox News said in its release.

Fox News is bringing back top talent: "Special Report" anchor Baier, "Kelly File" anchor Kelly and "Fox News Sunday" host Wallace.

Debate criteria for the candidates to participate will be announced closer to the event.

Fox News scored its highest-rated telecasts with its previous GOP debates this election season. The Aug. 6 edition with Trump brought in a record 24 million viewers. The Jan. 28 debate without Trump drew a still-impressive 12.5 million and stands as the No. 2 audience in Fox News history.

Trump has repeatedly relayed his lack of respect for Kelly, but she has won wide acclaim for her work. Some pundits say that Trump's passing on the Jan. 28 debate hurt him in Iowa, and he has acknowledged that skipping the event may have cost him votes.

The next GOP debate will be in New Hampshire and starts at 8 p.m. Saturday on ABC.


Top House Republican demands Kerry explain $1.7 billion Iran payment

Now it makes sense. Remember when everyone was bitching, including me, about giving Iran $150 billion and we couldn't get 4 American  prisoners released? The Iranian deal was finalized in April of 2015, the WH downplaying the importance of securing the prisoners freedom. Tragically a done deal. Then out of the blue in January 2016, the "hostages" are released right around the same time Kerry paid a $1.7 billion "interest" payment. 

Anyone truly believe this was an interest payment?



The chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee demanded Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry explain a $1.7 billion settlement paid to Iran that some Republicans have described as a "ransom" tied to last month's release of five American prisoners.

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., complained in a letter to Kerry that his committee was not consulted about the payment. The Obama administration claimed the agreement was made to settle a dispute with Iran over $400 million in frozen funds that dated back to 1979. The remaining $1.3 billion was described by the Obama administration as "interest".

"It is unclear how this $1.7 billion payment is in the national security interests of the United States," Royce wrote.

Royce's letter included 10 questions to Kerry about the settlement. Among them are how the administration calculated the $1.3 billion "interest" on the payment, a timeline of negotiations over the payment since this past summer's nuclear deal, and why the money was not used to "compensate American victims of Iranian terrorism who have been awarded judgments against Iran."

Royce's letter also asks for a list of U.S. officials who participated in negotiations with Iran over the payment, the prisoner release and the nuclear agreement. 

The White House announced the payment on Jan. 17, the same day that Iran released five American prisoners, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former Marine Amir Hekmati, and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini.

At the time, Obama defended the amount paid by the U.S., saying it was "much less than the amount Iran sought." The president added that the one-time payment was preferable to letting more interest accumulate while waiting for a judgement from the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, which is based in The Hague and was created in the deal that ended the Iran hostage crisis in 1981. 

"I have a larger concern that in choosing to resolve this relatively minor bilateral dispute at this time, the Obama Administration is aggressively moving towards reestablishing diplomatic relations with Iran," Royce wrote. "Such action would clearly violate the President’s pledge to 'remain vigilant' in countering the threat Iran poses to the United States and our allies in the region."

State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed to Reuters that Royce's letter had been received. 

"As with all Congressional correspondence, we'll respond as appropriate," Kirby said. Royce's letter gives Kerry until Feb. 17 to respond to his questions.