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Panetta’s Memoir Blasts Obama On His Leadership, Blames Him For State Of Iraq And Syria

crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

Leon Panetta is not the first of high level appointees to lower the boom on Obama.

When history judges Obama it will be as a fraud, and an occupant of the Oval office who did more harm to America and Americans than good.

Let that be cast in stone.

News Week

“Worthy Fights” by Leon Panetta Penguin Press

Though memoirs are nothing new to Washington, their contents can be particularly cutting when faulting a current president—and Obama’s been hit with a series of not-so-happy former cabinet members’ tell-all-ish books lately.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates got the ball rolling by harshly questioning the president’s leadership in Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton followed with Hard Choices, where she distanced herself from Obama’s foreign policy. And now, former Secretary of Defense and past CIA Director Leon Panetta has penned the latest critique.

In Worthy Fights, released on Tuesday, Panetta describes a president that failed to properly lead on numerous occasions and that “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities.” But beyond the Obama criticism, Panetta sheds light on decisions made within the administration, particularly regarding the Middle East.  

Panetta served as Obama’s CIA director from 2009 until 2011, and questioned Obama’s leadership from the start—he, along with others, wondered why Obama was hiring someone with such little intelligence experience for the role.

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The CIA Has Legal Justification to Kill American Citizens

crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

In another well written article at the Silent Soldier, Ms. Lorra uncovers the justification on why the CIA deemed it legal to kill “The American citizen,”Anwar al-Awlak.”

She also makes it clear why libertarians like Rand Paul could not be trusted to be president.

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Founded by and still run by communists.

Paul’s beliefs in this area are more in line with the ACLU, the places that failed ambulance chasers go when they can’t find work or are very close to being disbarred.

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

http://SilentSoldier.us

imageedit_2_2876208674Monday a federal court released the outline of the legal justification for the 2011 killing of Anwar al-Awlaki which was previously declared a secret government memo. Al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen, was a U.S. Citizen and had been accused of being an al-Qaeda operative.

It was David Barron from the First Circuit Court of Appeals who gave President Obama the legal justification, without a trial, to kill this American citizen.

Because of his suspected dealing and ties to al-Quada, al-Aulaki was targeted and killed by our administration. Barron and another lawyer, Marty Lederman, were the authors of the first two memos on how the administration could rationalize this act.

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The Central Intelligence Agency’s first memo consisted of only seven pages and was deficient. “As that length suggests, the memo, which could have resulted in a human’s death at any moment, was woefully incomplete as a legal analysis,” stated The Atlantic.

The judicial logic in the memo was lacking to say the least. Both Barron and Lederman agreed and they became uncomfortable with the content of their first memo.

The next memo the Barron and Lederman drew up was much longer and went into much more description of how al-Aulaki was not only guilty but that he needed to die.

 

The 22-page memo entitled “Legality of a Lethal Operation by the Central Intelligence Agency against a U.S. Citizen” provides the reasoning behind fatal operations by the agency.

Because of a very lengthy lawsuit against the Justice Department, the document was released under the order of the U.S, Court of Appeals and the memo was given to Vice News. The Obama administration had fought for years to keep the memo secret from the public, not to mention several other aspects of the targeted-killing agenda.

“We do not believe that al-Aulaki’s U.S. citizenship imposes constitutional limitations that would preclude the contemplated lethal action,” by the CIA or United States military, the memo stated, and made it possible for a drone strike knowing it would cause powerful political and legal debate.

Ex Parte Quirin, the 1942 Supreme Court decision, states that “by universal agreement and practice, the law of war draws a distinction…between those who are lawful and unlawful combatants. [A]n enemy combatant who without uniform comes secretly through the lines for the purpose of waging war by destruction of life or property” is an illustration of a confrontational individual who is an “offender against the law of war subject to trial and punishment by a military tribunal.”

It was the New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union who filed the Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain the release of the document in July 2012.

“The release of this memo represents an overdue but nonetheless crucial step towards transparency,” stated Jameel Jaffer. Jaffer is the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Jaffer stated, “The release of this memo will allow the public to better understand the scope and implications of the authority the government is claiming.”

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Adm. William McRaven Shields Files About Raid On Osama bin Laden’s Hideout From The Public

crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot. 

Today there are those who do not believe that Osama bin Laden was killed by members of SEAL TEAM VI.

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There is no doubt the raid was carried out, but was it Osama that was taken down that evening? 

For those with interest in following this line of thinking it’s a matter of using you favorite search engine and asking the question, “Was Osama bin Laden killed by SEAL TEAM SIX?

While you are at it, ask yourselves why did virtually all of the members of the alleged raid die mysteriously?

Below you will find some of my research into this puzzle.

Today on 9-11 2011 there remains much skepticism about the death of Osama bin Laden

Please pay close attention to the sourcing in the article below.

Dead men tell no lies the fabrication of Osama bin Laden’s demise

AP

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Adm. William McRaven, the nation’s top special operations commander, ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout to be shielded from the public. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public.

The secret move, described briefly in a draft report by the Pentagon’s inspector general, set off no alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps also the Freedom of Information Act.

An acknowledgement by Adm. William McRaven of his actions was quietly removed from the final version of an inspector general’s report published weeks ago. A spokesman for the admiral declined to comment. The CIA, noting that the bin Laden mission was overseen by then-CIA Director Leon Panetta before he became defense secretary, said that the SEALs were effectively assigned to work temporarily for the CIA, which has presidential authority to conduct covert operations.

“Documents related to the raid were handled in a manner consistent with the fact that the operation was conducted under the direction of the CIA director,” agency spokesman Preston Golson said in an emailed statement. “Records of a CIA operation such as the (bin Laden) raid, which were created during the conduct of the operation by persons acting under the authority of the CIA Director, are CIA records.”

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McRaven to Grads: To Change the World, Start by Making Your Bed [Watch]

crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

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*Adm. William McRaven, the nation’s top special operations commander, ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout to be shielded from the public. (Getty Images)

Why?

Because we can’t improve upon perfection, and because it’s silly to try and summarize a speech that should be read in full, we present the full copy of Admiral William McRaven’s May 2014 Commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin. McRaven, BJ ’77, Life Member and Distinguished Alumnus, is the commander of U.S. Special Operations and led Operation Neptune Spear, which resulted to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command

University-Wide Commencement

The University of Texas at Austin, May 17, 2014.

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Reagan administration, CIA complicit in DEA agent’s murder, say former insiders

crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

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We are aware of the Iran-Contra disaster during President Ronald W. Reagan’s watch. 

Which begs the question, how many administrations made the decision to go the corruption route?

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By John McPhaul
Former DEA El Paso boss: Agent Camarena had discovered the arms-for-drugs operation run on behalf of the Contras, aided by U.S. officials in the National Security Council and the CIA, and threatened to blow the whistle on the covert operation.
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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan meets with Caspar Weinberger, George Shultz, Ed Meese and Don Regan to discuss the president’s remarks on the Iran-Contra affair, in the Oval Office on Nov. 25, 1986. Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library, official government record/Wikimedia Commons

Two former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and a former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency contract pilot are claiming that the Reagan Administration was complicit in the 1985 murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena at the hands of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

The administration’s alleged effort to cover up a U.S. government relationship with the Mexican drug lord to provide for the arming and the training of Nicaraguan Contra rebels, at a time when official assistance to the Contras was banned by the congressional Boland Amendment, led to Camarena’s kidnap, torture and murder, according to Phil Jordon, former head of the DEA’s El Paso office, Hector Berrellez, the DEA’s lead investigator into Camarena’s kidnapping, torture and murder, and CIA contract pilot Robert “Tosh” Plumlee.

“We’re not saying the CIA murdered Kiki Camarena,” Jordan said. But the “consensual relationship between the Godfathers of Mexico and the CIA that included drug trafficking” contributed to Camarena’s death, he added.

Rafael Caro Quintero

Mexican former drug cartel boss, Rafael Caro Quintero, was serving his conviction at Puente Grande prison in Guadalajara when he was released last July. The U.S. government is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture and prosecution in the United States.

“I don’t have a problem with the CIA conducting covert operations to protect the national security of our country or our allies, but not to engage in criminal activity that leads to the murder of one our agents,” Jordan said.

Camarena had discovered the arms-for-drugs operation run on behalf of the Contras, aided by U.S. officials in the National Security Council and the CIA, and threatened to blow the whistle on the covert operation, Jordan alleged.

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It’s far from ridiculous as the DEA asserts that Kiki Camarena was assassinated by them.  Dead men can’t testify or blow the whistle.

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Why We Still Talk About JFK Today

crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

And excellent piece by Peggy Noonan follows.

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 Perhaps it was the dark side of JFK hidden dutifully by the press with no credible evidence and a lying Warren commission covering up what happened if they knew.

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Kennedy had connections with the Mafia,  he didn’t like the CIA and saw the as a rogue element not under his control, then the Cuban connection is a possibility when Kennedy failed to provide air cover to Cuban dissidents who where in the process of mounting an insurrection and taking Cuba back from Fidel Castro.  

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Both JFK and Mafia boss, Sam Giancana were having sexual trysts with Miss Monroe.

Perhaps all would have turned out far better has she stayed married to Joe DiMaggio.

The Wall Street Journal

Peggy Noonan

I am on my way from Los Angeles to Dallas, where tomorrow I will appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” which will come live out of the Texas Schoolbook Depository. I can’t believe I’ll be inside that place, from which, 50 years ago next week, at a corner window on the sixth floor, Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed John F. Kennedy.

One of the questions we’ll discuss: Why do we still talk about JFK?

From my show notes:

1. We talk still about JFK and his death because the biggest generation in all U.S. history, that part of the population known as the baby boomers, watched it all, live, on that new thing called TV, and it entered our heads and never left. It was the first central historical fact of our lives, so we still read about it, think about it, and watch anything having to do with it.

2. Our parents experienced it as a different kind of trauma. They had lost one of their own. He had fought in World War II, like them. He was still young, like them, and now he was brutally cut down. What a lot of them felt was captured in the famous conversation of the newspaper columnist Mary McGrory and her friend Pat Moynihan. McGrory said: Oh Pat, can you believe we’re at Jack Kennedy’s funeral? “I feel like we’ll never laugh again.” He replied: “We’ll laugh again, but we’ll never be young again.”

3. We talk about JFK’s death because for the 18 years leading up to that point—between the end of the war, as we used to say, and 1963—America knew placidity. Many problems were growing and quietly brewing, but on the surface America was placid, growing more affluent, and politically calm. And then this rupture, this shock, this violence, this new sense that anything can happen, history can be ripped from its rails, that security once won cannot necessarily be maintained. That our luck won’t necessarily hold.

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False Flags have traditionally been involved in the lead up to war

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By Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

FDR was well aware of the “intelligence” leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he chose to do nothing thus giving the United States the right to declare war against Japan and eventually join in and save the frogs from the Germans in WWII.

I’m not a Libertarian, but in this case I could not agree with Senator Ron Paul more.

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Our tepid attempts to force democracy on countries that don’t abide by it is and will be a losing proposition. 

It’s well past time we move our assets out of the area. 

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These inbred fools don’t need Americans to kill, Christians, Jews or Coptic Christians, they kill because that is who they are.

Stand down and let them kill each other.

New questions on CIA programs after Lady’s arrest, release

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Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot. 

Not probably the type of lady you had in mind.  I does however, remind me of the TV hit Burn Notice.

 

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Smoke um if you got up, don’t you just love a woman with pigtails?

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

Washington Times

Intelligence and World Affairs by Lisa M. Ruth

Lisa M. Ruth

 

Former CIA base chief Robert Seldon Lady, arrested then released in Panama, is wanted in Italy for his role in an 'extraordinary rendition.' Photo: ap

WEST PALM BEACH, July 20, 2013 – Less than 24 hours after Panamanian officials detained former CIA Milan base chief Robert Seldon Lady, he was on a plane returning to the United States.

According to U.S. State Department officials, Panamanian authorities released Lady and he boarded a US-bound flight on Friday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed Lady was returning to the US. She said she was unaware of any conversations between U.S. officials and Panamanian officials concerning Lady.

On Thursday, Panamanian authorities detained Lady near Panama’s border with Costa Rica. Details of his detention have not been released.The Italian government has issued an international arrest warrant in connection with his conviction his 2009 conviction for his role in the “extraordinary rendition” of an Egyptian cleric in Milan, but it is also unclear whether Italy requested his extradition from Panama.

In 2009, an Italian court convicted Lady and 22 other Americans – all but one CIA officers or contractors – in abstentia for their role in the 2003 abduction of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr from Milan. According to court documents, CIA officers and Italian officials picked Abu Omar off the Milan streets on his way to noon prayers, threw him into a CIA van and drove him to the U.S. Air Force base in Italy. He then was flown to several other U.S. military bases, ultimately ending in Egypt, where he claims he was tortured.

The U.S. considered Omar a terrorism suspect and alleged he had information on terrorist activities and plots. They suspected him of recruiting militants and involvement in terrorist plots.

The 22 Americans appealed the conviction last year, and the sentences were upheld. The Americans did not appear in court and only two of them ever communicated with their attorneys.Italian Courts found that Italy’s secret services were complicit in the operation, and sentenced former intelligence chief, Nicolo Pollari, to 10 years in prison. His deputy was sentenced to nine years, ad three other officials received six years. However, they are free pending an appeal.

The Italians argue that the security services, and the CIA, received approval from the government of then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

In April, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano pardoned U.S. Air Force Colonel Joseph L. Romano for his involvement in the case.

Italian officials also reportedly offered Lady a plea deal if he agreed to provide details on the operation. Lady refused to hand over classified information.Lady has, however, stated that he opposed the operation because, he said, it was “superfluous.” The Italians were already surveilling Abu Omar, and Lady believed they would collect needed information on their own.

Critics say Lady and his colleagues need to be held responsible for their actions.

Others, however, note that the CIA appeared to have followed protocol in the case, receiving approval from both U.S. and Italian officials.

“This was not a rogue CIA operation,” says one former Agency officer familiar with the operation, “These guys had a finding and had approval. They weren’t acting on their own.”

An article by Matthew Cole in GQ last year appears to support that view. According to Cole, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice personally approved the operation when she served as President George Bush’s National Security Advisor.

Lady, a 24-year CIA veteran, had planned to retire in Italy at the end of his Milan tour. He had purchased a farm in Penango, a small town in northern Italy, and lovingly restored it and decorated it with antiques and family heirlooms.

Currently, however, he cannot return to Italy or will face arrest. He does, however, continue to pay his $4,000 a month mortgage on the property in hopes that one day he can return.

Sources close to Lady say he desperately misses his farm and Italy, and continues to believe he did nothing wrong. He says the CIA was “…the greatest job I ever had” although he is reportedly bitter over lack of government support during the trial.

He still reportedly hopes to return to Italy, although his arrest this week highlights just how unlikely that is.

The CIA officially had no comment on Lady’s arrest in Panama or his return to the United States.

 

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