Treason: Three of the Five Enemy Combatants Obama Swapped are Now Islamic State (ISIS) Leaders

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If only Obama worked as hard to get James Foley out; he’d have his head and be alive today.

“GAO: Yes, Obama’s Taliban/Bergdahl Exchange Was Illegal,” By Guy Benson, Townhall

This isn’t necessarily “news,” per se, but it’s confirmation from a respected nonpartisan source. The ‘Taliban Five’ for Bergdahl trade, sans mandatory Congressional notification, was not legal. But the Obama White House executed it anyway, over the objections of the intelligence community:

President Obama’s decision to exchange captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees violated federal law, according to a legal opinion the Government Accountability Office sent to Congress Thursday. That’s because the administration failed to notify Congress at least 30 days before the transfer, as required under a law passed in February. The Pentagon notified Congress of the deal on May 31, the same day the transfer was made. And because Congress did not authorize spending for the exchange, it also violated the Antideficiency Act, a law intended to protect Congress’s power of the purse. The Department of Defense spent $988,400 on the transfer, the Pentagon told the GAO. An intentional violation of the Antideficiency Act is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison, but those criminal penalties are rarely enforced.

Partisan hackery is expected from hacks, but a number of self-respecting Democrats raised concerns about the swap at the time. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California raised hackles about being kept in the dark by the executive branch, in contravention of the law. The White House’s excuse — at least for awhile — was that they had to act quickly with no leaks, or else the terrorists were going to kill Bergdahl. This complicated their concurrent narrative that the arrangement was a normal “prisoner exchange,” with plenty of precedent in US history. Feinstein shot back that she’d seen no evidence to back up the administration’s “they were going to kill him!” excuse. Others also noted that she and her Republican colleague kept extremely sensitive Bin Laden raid details under wraps for months. The Obama White House broke the law, then served up contradictory excuses for doing so. In the end, not only did we effectively negotiate with terrorists to secure the release of an American soldier held hostage (setting aside Bergdahl’s record of, um, “honor and distinction“), we released five high-ranking, extremely dangerous Taliban commanders (who are vowing to resume jihad) as our end of the “deal.” And how’s this for timing?

In an interview with the BBC, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond acknowledged that the apparent executioner spoke with a British accent and said the video seemed to be genuine. Hundreds of Britons are believed to have traveled to Syria to fight in the country’s civil war, including many who have joined the Islamic State…A European intelligence official said the British government was examining the video, and the speech of the purported executioner, to compare it with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners and other British residents believed to have joined the Islamic State. Both prisoners in the video are wearing orange shirts and pants, similar to orange jumpsuits worn by detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Western intelligence services are exploring the possibility that ex-Gitmo detainees (the supposedly “lower threat” ones, released prior to the ‘Taliban Five’) may hold leadership positions within the death cult that’s marauding through vast swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory. A former Guantanamo inmate was also implicated in the deadly 9/11/12 attack on the US compound in Benghazi, too. It’s almost as if a lot of these guys really were bloodthirsty Islamist radicals, not innocent victims of US overreach, after all. That’s why Congress has repeatedly refused to provide the funds to close the Gitmo detainment center, and why they passed a law that requires the White House to provide ample warning prior to releasing any further inmates. The Obama administration ignored that law, and spent a lot of taxpayer money to complete the illegal transaction. The broke the law knowingly, by their own admission, and in spite of what they knew to be the clear will of Congress. Democrats have decried House Republicans’ lawsuit against the White House’s flagrant lawlessness on Obamacare, but what other recourse does Congress have to rein in an administration that ignores provisions of laws deemed inconvenient? I know what Democratic campaign committees’ answer would be, if only to touch off another round of fake hysteria, designed to extract additional millions from their gullible, paranoid base.
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WARNING! Ebola Outbreak Beyond Control

West Africa’s explosion of Ebola cases is outpacing the ability of healthcare workers to manage the situation, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, as more countries have stepped up to the plate to lend their assistance.

WHO director general Margaret Chan said the depth of the Ebola crisis, concentrated on the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, now required more international assistance.

“The Ebola outbreak that is ravaging parts of West Africa is the largest and most complex and most severe in the almost four-decade history of this disease,” she told a news conference in Geneva.

The death toll from the deadly virus, for which there is no known cure, surged to more than 2,400 people out of 4,784 cases. Meanwhile, Chan said the current death toll figures were most certainly “an underestimate.”

WHO previously warned there could be as many as 20,000 cases in the region before the outbreak is brought under control.

This has placed a tremendous burden on health officials and facilities, which are not equipped to handle such an emergency.

“The number of new patients is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them. We need to surge at least three to four times to catch up with the outbreaks,” Chan said, reiterating her request for immediate international aid.

“The thing we need most is people,” she said. “The right people, the right specialists, and specialists who are appropriately trained and know how to keep themselves safe.”

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan (AFP Photo)World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan (AFP Photo)

Healthcare workers have been particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease, which spreads through body fluids.

Some countries have already committed doctors and equipment to battling Ebola.

Earlier this month, Swiss Humanitarian Aid, following a request by Liberian officials, delivered 14 tons of medical supplies, including “31,000 bottles of hand disinfectant, 300,000 protective gloves, 100,000 masks, 200 body bags, 6,840 intravenous drips and 3,000 rehydration solutions,” the Local newspaper in Switzerland reported.

In addition to that emergency aid, Switzerland on Friday pledged 2 million Swiss francs in aid to be used to support Médecins sans Frontières Switzerland (MSF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the government said in a statement Friday.

Meanwhile, Cuba announced it would be sending 165 doctors and nurses – the largest number of foreign personnel to be committed to date.

Chan urged other countries to lend their assistance.

“We still need about 500 to 600 doctors coming from abroad and at least 1,000 or more health care workers,” she emphasized, while saying that supplies are running desperately low on “almost everything.”

“Today there is not one single bed available for the treatment of an Ebola patient in the entire country of Liberia,” she said.

Creepy: Daily Beast Wants Corporations to Sign ‘Loyalty Oaths’ to Obama’s ‘Economic Patriotism’

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August 5, 2014 By Greg Campbell

The left’s infatuation with the anointed, made-for-primetime president, Barack Obama, has largely fizzled-out. Though there remains mindless stalwarts and Obamamaniacs, the world has largely recovered from the Obamamania of 2008 and 2009 that saw countless liberal zombies decked-out in “Hope” tee-shirts and adorning their walls with pictures of the left’s messiah.

Still, however, there remains remnants of these sheep who see Barack Obama as a symbol of hope and change and not as the failed president he has become.

The Daily Beast’s Jonathon Alter is precisely the kind of useful idiot upon which the Obama regime counts to spread their carefully-crafted message.

While many companies are fleeing the U.S.’s punitive-oriented taxation system that is predicated upon penalizing the rich, most would seek to solve this problem by applying Occam’s Razor: they would conclude that if the “eat the rich” mantra of the left is creating corporate refugees, the simplest solution would be to address the crushing taxation.

Instead, the left has begun a campaign to try and shame corporations who defect. Alter even goes so far as to claim that corporations should have to sign loyalty oaths which pledge allegiance to Obama’s “economic patriotism.”

The Daily Beast reports:
On top of all the wars and global messiness, 2014 will be remembered for the plague of “corporate inversion,” which the news media should start routinely calling “corporate desertion.” So far, 47 American-based companies have renounced U.S. citizenship and bought foreign subsidiaries in order to dodge American taxes. Many more are preparing to flee…

Because oaths and pledges are a little creepy, this effort needs something else—something that comes out of the legal and business worlds: a contract. More specifically, an NDA.

Non-disclosure agreements are common in corporate America, where tens of thousands of senior managers and employees sign contracts promising to keep all sorts of information confidential. It’s often a condition of employment.

Now it’s time to change the “D” and expect the same from boards of directors—a “non-desertion agreement” with the John Hancock of every board member and CEO in the United States.

If boards thought for even a second about the long-term interests of their companies, they would summon their lawyers and sign. It’s protection against the risks of resurgent nationalism that could strip them of the many advantages (indirect government subsidies, easy access to American markets) that they currently enjoy.

Companies that fail to sign non-desertion agreements would face the kind of public shaming that has gone out of fashion but could come back with a vengeance: boycotts, petitions, angry shareholder meetings full of the language of patriotism.
Now, to be clear, I am as patriotic as they come. I love buying products made in America and I firmly believe that this is the greatest nation on Earth. However, can we really blame companies that flee the hostile environment created by the most undeniably anti-commerce administration in American history?

At a time when China is on the upswing because of pro-capitalist changes and at a time when even Cuba is starting to loosen their control on government-run commerce, our nation is stagnating as government vultures are seeing the consequences of decades of robbing Peter to pay Paul.

I’ll tell you the story ends: if you rob Peter to pay Paul, eventually Peter has enough and leaves.

Cuban Dissident to Congressional Black Caucus: Stop Helping the Dictatorship

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Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, is a widely experienced international correspondent, commentator and editor who has reported from Asia, Europe and Latin America. He served in the George W. Bush Administration first at the Securities and Exchange Commission and then at the State Department. His forthcoming book on Hispanics will be published in September.
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Cuban dissident Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera personifies courage. The petite Afro-Cuban dissident has suffered beatings, imprisonment and sexual harassment at the hands of Raul Castro’s goons in Cuba. And yet she was in Washington Wednesdaycalling for world support for the Cuban people, knowing full well that, as she said, “I will pay for this once I go back.”

The president of Cuba’s Rosa Parks Civil Rights Movement had a clear message for the Congressional Black Caucus, which has always shown a strange soft side for the 55-year communist dictatorship of the Castro brothers: quit giving comfort to Cuba’s racist leadership.

“They should look closely at Cuba’s Council of State, and see how many black Cubans they find there,” Perez said at a small meeting with journalists, think tankers and former diplomats.

And of course, she’s right. A quick glance at the pictures of Cuba’s top government body on their own website reveals that only eight out of 31 are black, and there’s only one black Cuban in the top echelon constituted by seven vice presidents and President Raul Castro.

While racial figures are hard to come by, mainly because Castro’s own figures distort the island’s ethnic makeup (its latest claim that the black population was 10 percent and the white population 65 percent is risible), visitors report that the population that is black or mixed is now a majority. The Economist put it this way in 2008: “Mr Castro’s Cuba is a sad place. Although the population is now mainly black or mulatto and young, its rulers form a mainly white gerontocracy.”

This white gerontocracy oppresses black dissidents with fury. “Around 75 percent of the people in prison are black,” said Perez. “Black Cubans have no rights.”

Perez would like to meet with members of the CBC while she’s here in Washington to explain to them Cuba’s realities. She’s not holding her breath, however. Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.,, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., all CBC members, were in Cuba in May, but refused to meet Perez.

“While I was languishing in prison, they paraded around Havana. My sister tried to deliver a petition asking them to come and visit me. They didn’t even accept it,” said Perez, who’s married to Cuba’s best known dissident, Jorge Luís García Perez, known as Antúnez and also as Cuba’s Nelson Mandela. Jorge Perez also constantly suffers imprisonment and beatings at the hands of the regime.

Perez would also like to have an audience with Michelle Obama while here, but she told me that she would not meet with her husband, President Barack Obama. “If it were up to him the embargo would already have been lifted,” she said.

On this Perez is very clear: the moves Obama has made since he took office to have a rapprochement with Cuba’s dictators will end as well as the Russian “reset.” “Lifting the embargo would be dreadful for the Cuban people,” as it would legitimize Cuba’s lawless government, warns Perez. Rather than try to lift the embargo, Obama should “be concerned with the plight of the Cuban people, with the opposition. He’s blinded by the regime!”

As Perez described how Cuba’s political police constantly break into her house, beat her, manacle her, “feel all my private parts,” and then throw her into prison for days, I told her that I had recently debated Salem State professor Aviva Chomsky on television and that she had declared that there is no repression in Cuba. She made a face of revulsion:“Tell her to come to the deepest parts of Cuba, so she can see how dissidents are beaten up.”

Perez is remarkably clear-eyed about the world for someone who has spent her entire life inside a communist dictatorship. She understands that she can expect nothing from a feckless European Union, for example. But she called on freedom-loving people around the world to organize Twitter campaigns every time there’s news that dissidents have been beat up, and to send computers to Cubans. “Everyone has the right to live in freedom,” she said, channeling Thomas Jefferson.