CLINTON TO TESTIFY TO BENGHAZI COMMITTEE IN OCTOBER

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House select committee to investigate her role in connection with the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya

BY ANNE GEARAN

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign said Saturday that she will testify on Oct. 22 before the House select committee investigating her role in connection with the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya — an assertion that was almost immediately challenged by a spokesman for the committee.

Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill announced the date and said her testimony would be public.

But Jamal Ware, a spokesman for the committee, said the timing is not set because of ongoing negotiations with Clinton’s lawyer over ground rules.

The wrangling is of a piece with months of back-and-forth between the Republican-led committee and Clinton, whose allies accuse the panel of conducting a fishing expedition for damaging material that might be used against her as she runs for president in 2016.

[Probe sought into possible ‘classified’ details in Clinton private e-mails]

U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others were killed when militants overran two U.S. compounds in Benghazi in September 2012, in the waning months of Clinton’s term as secretary of state. She has said that she had no direct role in security decisions surrounding the U.S. facilities, but Republican critics claim that her State Department denied protections that might have prevented the attack.

As of Friday, Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, was still negotiating terms for his client’s appearance, Ware said.

“On the grounds of simple fairness and in order to make appropriate preparation possible, the scope of the questioning [should] be consistent with the scope set forth in the resolution establishing the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi,” Kendall wrote Friday, according to an excerpt of the letter that the committee released Saturday.

Clinton had long offered to testify in public, but the committee chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), had initially said he preferred a private interview. Although Gowdy said he was trying to keep the session from becoming a circus, Clinton’s team objected on grounds that a closed session could allow Republicans to selectively leak unflattering details.
Gowdy has also said that he needs more documents from the State Department before he questions Clinton.

The committee on Saturday appeared to reject Kendall’s terms, which included that the scope of questioning be limited and that the hearing date, once set, would not change.

Ware also said in the news release that Kendall had previously agreed that Clinton would answer questions about “her unusual e-mail arrangement,” referring to her use of a private e-mail system for government business, including a server in her home.

“Her e-mail arrangement clearly falls within the scope of the Select Committee’s jurisdiction,” Ware continued.

“The Committee will not, now or ever, accept artificial limitations on its congressionally-directed jurisdiction,” Ware said in the statement. “Once there is an agreement on the date and a better understanding of how, if at all, Secretary Clinton’s lawyer’s latest writing differs from previous ones, the Committee will announce said hearing date.”

Clinton’s lawyer has also accused the committee of trying to drag out its investigation into 2016 to use it as a cudgel against the Democratic front-runner.

Her campaign also said Saturday that it does not want any delay in the release of her e-mails from the private account she used while she was secretary of state because of “bureaucratic infighting among the intelligence community.”

The inspector general of the intelligence community said he had found information that should have been classified in a small sample of Clinton’s e-mails and made a “security referral” to the Justice Department under a federal law that requires the FBI to be alerted to any possible compromise of national security information.

Clinton turned over 30,000 e-mails to the State Department after her use of a private e-mail system became an issue. The e-mails are being reviewed for release to Congress and the public.

BREAKING NEWS: ISIS “We’re on our way”

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BY A. STONE

BREAKING NEWS: ISIS “We’re on our way” Chilling map predicts where ISIS will seize new land, strike the West with ‘lone wolf attacks’ and awaken ‘sleeper cells’… all before the end of Ramadan

  • ISIS announced it will target Western countries like UK, France, Spain and Italy, Institute for the Study of War says
  • It correctly predicted ISIS would execute ‘mass casualty attack’ on Tunisia and a Shia mosque in the Middle East
    Combination of four surveys found that 42million Muslims in Arab states feel ‘somewhat positively’ towards ISIS

ISIS will mark the month of Ramadan and it’s first anniversary by launching brutal & sick terrorist attacks on the west. Methods of attack include awakening sleeper cells planted by ISIS to wait until they are given orders to attack. ISIS have pledged to turn the world into complete chaos by July 18th by terrorizing the western world.

‘ISIS Military Operations during Ramadan’ which was published on June 7, correctly predicted ISIS would execute a ‘mass casualty attack’ in Tunisia, which has become a ‘breeding ground’ for the extremists in recent years.

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Terror: Respected counter-terrorism experts have predicted ISIS will carry out bloody terror attacks on Western nations and awaken 'sleeper cells' in south-east Asia by the end of the holy month of Ramadan on August 18image: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/06/30/10/2A088EEC00000578-3134534-Massacre_Staff_mop_up_the_blood_outside_the_Imperial_Marhaba_Hot-a-26_1435657240418.jpg

Massacre: The counter-terrorism experts correctly predicted that ISIS would launch a 'mass casualty attack' on Tunisia, where hotel staff are seen mopping up blood after  an ISIS gunman killed 38 innocent tourists on a nearby beachMassacre: The counter-terrorism experts correctly predicted that ISIS would launch a ‘mass casualty attack’ on Tunisia, where hotel staff are seen mopping up blood after an ISIS gunman killed 38 innocent tourists on a nearby beach

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Bloody: A suicide bomb attack which killed 27 innocent worshipers at a Shia mosque in Kuwait came after ISW's chilling prophecy that ISIS would target Shia holy sites in the Middle EastBloody: A suicide bomb attack which killed 27 innocent worshipers at a Shia mosque in Kuwait came after ISW’s chilling prophecy that ISIS would target Shia holy sites in the Middle East

As 38 people were being gunned down on a Tunisian beach on Friday, a suicide bomb attack massacred 27 innocent worshipers and injured 200 others at a Shia mosque in Kuwait.

As many as 2,400 Tunisians have joined ISIS on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria since 2011 and worryingly, 400 of them have since returned to the country, its Interior Ministry has said.

The country is almost entirely Muslim, but ISW also predicts that ISIS will mastermind ‘lone wolf attacks’ on countries with smaller Muslim populations like the UK, United States, Canada and Australia.

Its experts claim the countries ISIS has announced as targets are England, France, Italy, Spain, the United States, the Caucuses region of southern Russia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Meanwhile dozens of other nations including Greece, Romania and Australia are at risk of deadly ‘surprise attacks’.

Read more at http://thisisengland.org.uk/breaking-news-isis-were-on-our-way/#JVHw7PAbtTjCrHIz.99

10 Countries That May Not Survive The Next 20 Years. Some Of These May Shock You

The future is uncertain, some countries may not survive another two decades. *REMEMBER* this list is speculative, and just because a country may collapse in 20 years, doesn’t mean that it will, or that we want it to.

Some of the countries on this list may surprise. One that took me by shock is China … how could the rising economic superpower make it onto this list? Find out:

Here Is the Benghazi Committee’s Hillary Clinton Subpoena

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After the Democratic front-runner told CNN she’s “never had a subpoena,” the GOP-led panel released the one it sent her in March.

Muslim cleric who inspired Tunisia beach killer lives in UK on £50,000 benefits

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“Asked how he could justify milking the welfare state for so much, al-Sibai – who is under investigation suspected of benefit fraud – said: ‘Ask David Cameron, don’t ask me.’” That’s absolutely right. The UK is funding and enabling its own destruction.

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“Living here on £50,000 benefits, the hate preacher who inspired Tunisian beach killer: Cleric lives in five-bedroom home with wife and five children after thwarting deportation attempts for 15 years,” by Paul Bentley, Daily Mail, July 6, 2015:

A leader of the terror group behind the Tunisian beach massacre is living off benefits in Britain, the Mail can reveal.

Jihadi preacher Hani al-Sibai – who described the 7/7 terror attacks in London in 2005 as a ‘great victory’ – is one of the ‘key influencers’ of the Islamic fanatics believed to have recruited and trained gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.

But he is living on £50,000 a year in handouts with his wife and five children in a £1 million house in West London, after using human rights laws to thwart attempts to deport him for more than 15 years.

Days after the atrocity in Tunisia, the Mail found al-Sibai, 54, strolling in the sunshine outside his home.

Asked how he could justify milking the welfare state for so much, al-Sibai – who is under investigation suspected of benefit fraud – said: ‘Ask David Cameron, don’t ask me.’

Last night, there were furious calls to deport al-Sibai, who has also been linked to Islamic State executioner Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, is writing to Home Secretary Theresa May to demand an explanation as to why al-Sibai is still in the country.

‘It is extraordinary that successive governments have been trying but failing to remove someone who has these worrying links,’ he said.

‘The way he has foiled attempts to remove him are a cause for enormous concern.’

Tory MP Peter Bone added: ‘This is the sort of thing that drives my constituents mad. I expect the Home Secretary to deal with this urgently. There is a very strong case for him to be deported. He needs to be dealt with.’

The Mail last week revealed the links between the beach massacre in Tunisia and Islamic extremism in Britain.

Tunisian terror group Ansar al-Sharia – which authorities believe to have recruited and trained Rezgui – was founded and is run by extremist Saifallah Ben Hassine, who became a disciple of hate preacher Abu Qatada in London in the late 1990s.

Ben Hassine, who is said to have plotted the beach massacre from his base in Libya, is also believed to have had a key role in the plotting of 9/11.

Al-Sibai is a close associate of the group. He is cited at length in a 2013 report by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague, and is described as one of Ansar al-Sharia’s ‘key influencers’.

He is also noted for his connection to Ben Hassine, also known as Abu Iyad. ‘Al-Sibai’s involvement in international jihadism runs long and deep,’ the report states. ‘Al-Sibai has maintained his loyalty to Abu Iyad over the years. When Ansar al-Sharia held its Kairouan conference in May 2012, al-Sibai was one of several foreign scholars to address the audience by video.’

Al-Sibai and his family live in a three-storey, four-bedroom home in Ravenscourt Park. The rent for the housing association home is covered by the taxpayer. He parks his Toyota Corolla Verso – which cost £16,995 – in a dedicated disabled spot outside his house.

Al-Sibai and his wife are estimated to be on benefits of more than £48,000 a year – almost double the cap of £26,000. They are able to defy the limit because both are entitled to disability living allowance. Al-Sibai has also used public money to fund a series of legal cases against the Government to stop him being deported and to have his name removed from terrorist sanction lists.

Al-Sibai, who has written about ‘celebrating the anniversary of the martyrdom of Sheikh Osama bin Laden’, was last night under investigation on suspicion of benefit fraud.

The Department for Work and Pensions said: ‘People who commit, plan and support acts of terror will be prosecuted and anyone who has been deported or sent to prison will lose their benefits.’

The Home Office said: ‘We do not routinely comment on individual cases.’

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Obama administration invokes executive privilege on Benghazi probe?

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BY ED MORRISSEY

Democrats have insisted that the House Select Committee on Benghazi has done nothing but rehash already-known elements of the attack on the consulate in September 2012, and intended to do nothing more than embarrass Hillary Clinton.  The latest move by the Obama administration to block access to some State Department documentation undermines both claims. Byron York reports at the Washington Examiner that the State Department has withheld an undisclosed number of documents to protect “important executive branch institutional interests” — code for executive privilege:

The State Department has informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi that it is withholding “a small number” of documents from investigators on the basis of “important executive branch institutional interests.” The statement, made in a letter from Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, amounts to a de facto claim of executive privilege.

Frifield made the claim in a letter turning over 3,600 pages of Benghazi-related documents from three current and former administration officials: Susan Rice, Jake Sullivan, and Cheryl Mills. Rice, a former United Nations ambassador, is now national security adviser, while Sullivan and Mills are close aides to Hillary Clinton who worked at the Department when she was secretary of state. …

State has insisted on certain restrictions before turning over its documents, including those from Rice, Sullivan, and Mills. “Under the terms of this agreement, the documents are being provided without the majority of Department redactions that would normally be applied to protect national security, law enforcement, and diplomatic efforts of the United States, as well as the safety and privacy of the individuals named herein,” Frifield wrote to Gowdy. “In return, the Benghazi Committee has agreed that, in the event that it considers it integral to the satisfaction of the Benghazi Committee’s mandate to release any of these documents publicly, it will first give the State Department a reasonable opportunity of at least five days to review the documents proposed to be released and to discuss with the Benghazi Committee any sensitive information the Department believes should be redacted prior to the public release. The Benghazi Committee has agreed to consider such requests in good faith prior to making any such release.”

The letter itself notes that State has not disclosed documents related to Libya policy. The scope of the select committee’s look at the entirety of the Obama administration’s handling of Libya in the post-Arab Spring period, Frifield admits, has forced it to produce new documentation. And they don’t want to comply:

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This is what’s known as trying to eat your cake and have it too. Democrats, let by ranking member Elijah Cummings, have repeatedly claimed that the select committee is unnecessary and redundant on the point of the attack itself. Chair Trey Gowdy has repeatedly stated that the scope of the committee goes far beyond the attack, to review of the policies that led the consulate to be vulnerable and State and the military unprepared to deal with the consequences. This response tries an even narrower argument than Cummings uses by claiming the ARB provided a definitive answer to the attack, which is (a) absurd and (b) beside the point. Congress has the right and the duty to oversee all government-agency functions and performance, and not just in the case of an attack.

The invocation of executive privilege raises the stakes. Executive privilege only covers the President, and his immediate advisers while they are being consulted by the President in an area of executive authority. Susan Rice, Obama’s national-security adviser, would be covered by executive privilege only when in consultation with the President, but not when she’s consulting with Hillary Clinton or officials at other agencies over which Congress exercises oversight. Otherwise, the use of the privilege would get so abused as to render any sort of checks and balances on the executive moot.

A resort to executive privilege in this case either suggests that Barack Obama himself got involved in dealing with these issues as they arose and that documentation would expose the debate over policy and responses … or that the White House simply thinks it can use executive privilege at any time to block access to records to which Congress is entitled. The use of executive privilege to protect Eric Holder in the Operation Fast and Furious probe provides evidence of the latter. This looks like a blanket attempt to stifle the Select Committee in the same way that Holder managed to stall out the probe into ATF/Department of Justice actions in the gun-running scandal. At the very least, though, that allows Gowdy to keep the probe running and make the point that it’s the White House stretching it out with their refusal to cooperate and share material that even administration officials admit they’ve never provided to Congress.

VIDEO North Korean Scientist Defects to Finland with Evidence of ‘Chemical Warfare’ Tests on Own People

A 47 year old North Korean researcher has defected to Finland via the Philippines with sickening evidence that the government has carried out chemical and biological tests on human beings.

The scientist, identified by the surname ‘Lee,’ reportedly ‘felt skeptical about his research.’

Lee was based at a microbiology research center near the Chinese border. He defected with the information on an electronic data storage device containing 15 gigabytes of information of humans being used to test biological and chemical weapons.

He intends to provide testimony to the European parliament in late July.

It is not the first time North Korea has been accused of carrying out biological and chemical tests on its own people. Former prison inmates have reported of political prisoners in concentration camps being used as subjects.

Other defectors have reported systematic purging or disabled people by making them disappear from public sight, subjecting them to chemical weapons tests, castration and ‘dissection of body parts.’

Pyongyang was reported to have executed over a dozen large-scale tests of biological and chemical weapons. As many as 40 chemical substances have been tested, with anthrax bacterium a frequent component.

One special forces officer, Im Cheon-yuong, said these tests were the final straw that led to his defection. He told The Telegraph, “At first, they used the chemical agents on mice and showed us how they died. Then we watched the instructors carrying out the tests on humans to show us how a person dies. I saw it with my own eyes.”

It is hoped the most recent information revealed by the scientist, Mr Lee, can lead to charged being filed against the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

Perhaps of more relevant concern is information revealed that North Korea has provided chemical weapons technology to Syria, Egypt, Iran and Libya in the last two decades that may fall into hostile hands.