By Suzanne Gamboa
León Rodríguez, the new head of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), recalled how he was put on the “wait list” and eventually denied admission to Georgetown Law School, where he spoke Tuesday.
He tried to persuade the school’s officials to let him in and was told he was lucky to be on a wait list. The story is a metaphor for immigration policy, he said.
“What we do in immigration policy is decide who we want to admit to the U.S. and who we don’t,” he said.
Now Rodríguez is heading Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Looking back Georgetown, would you have admitted me? Would you have had different policies?” he said to chuckles from an audience attending an immigration law and policy conference.
Rodríguez’s agency will be front and center once President Barack Obama announces the executive action he’ll take on immigration. Obama said he would take executive action after the elections but before the end of the year.
“We’re going to be ready,” Rodríguez said. “Our agency will be shouldering the primary responsibility for executing whatever it is.”
Rodríguez declined to elaborate when he was asked by a reporter to give more details on what types of preparations he is making.
Administration “effectively lying to the American people”
by Paul Joseph Watson | October 21, 2014
Amidst a debate about White House control over pool reporters who have to get approval before submitting their stories, the Obama administration has been caught doctoring the transcript of remarks made by President Obama during a DNC fundraiser.
The official White House transcript of the speech significantly amends the following passage;
“One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule. Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills (laughter) – I think eventually they got paid — but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”
The version that appeared in the official transcript excised the part relating to unpaid bills to read, “there’s still junk on my desk, including some — newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”
The White House later claimed that the words did not appear in the transcript because the stenographer did not hear the omitted phrase. The transcript was subsequently amended with the word “inaudible” in place of the missing phrase.
As veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler notes, “Somehow, it wasn’t inaudible to the White House pool reporters, who picked up on the discrepancy between what was said and what was in the transcript.”
Koffler charges that the administration is outstripping even the Bush White House for propaganda on this front, accusing them of “effectively lying to the American people.”
The controversy arrives amidst an ongoing altercation between White House pool reporters and the Obama administration over freedom of the press.
Under the current system, the White House is able to demand changes to pool reports before distributing them to news outlets, federal agencies, and congressional offices.
The Obama administration has on numerous occasions asked the reports to be changed, prompting the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) to set up a replacement distribution model which is now gaining traction and threatens to derail the Obama administration’s control over pool reports.
US helped train ISIS fighters
by Ground Report | October 21, 2014
I received the following letter from Senator John McCain today.
It reads as follows:
October 20, 2014
Mr. Robert Tilford
(Deleted for privacy concerns)
Dear Mr. Tilford:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the ongoing situation in Iraq and conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
Iraq has consistently devolved into a safe haven for terrorists since President Obama made the decision to withdraw all of our troops without any residual presence of U.S. forces in 2011. The President’s mishandling of Iraq for the past five years, and his consistent inaction on Syria, have now brought us to the edge of disaster: ISIS – a more ambitious, more violent, and more radical offshoot of Al-Qaeda – has now taken over a large territory in Iraq and Syria. It is the largest terrorist safe haven in history. ISIS’s offensive is now reigniting sectarian conflict in Iraq and threatening to erase the gains that nearly 4,500 brave young Americans gave their lives to secure – and that were largely secure when the President took office in January 2009.
In 2011, our senior military leaders and commanders on the ground believed that keeping aresidual U.S. force in Iraq was critical to our national security interests. Even many seniorObama Administration officials, such as former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, agreed. Aresidual U.S. troop presence could have assisted Iraqi forces in their continued fight against Al Qaeda. It could have provided a platform for greater diplomatic engagement and intelligence cooperation with our Iraqi partners. And it could have made Iranian leaders think twice about using Iraqi airspace to transit military assistance to Assad and his forces in Syria. Unfortunately we don’t have the luxury of being able to alter history, but it’s not too late to influence events.
On September 10, 2014, the President announced a new U.S. military strategy in response to the threat from ISIS. This includes conducting air strikes against ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria, providing approximately 1,600 U.S. military personnel to assist the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and our Kurdish partners in combating this threat, and training and arming vetted, moderate Syrian opposition forces.
Although I called on President Obama to take all of these actions sooner, I support them now as a necessary starting point. Unfortunately, his delay has allowed the threat we face from ISIS to get dramatically worse. While our current actions can degrade ISIS over time, I do not think they are capable of achieving the President’s goal of destroying ISIS, as we must. To do so, more must be done. Most importantly, we must recognize the reality that we cannot defeat ISIS without achieving the President’s other goal: forcing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave power and creating conditions on the ground for a negotiated end of the conflict and a political transition in Syria. Assad’s barbaric war on the Syrian people has created the conditions for ISIS to grow and gain strength for years, and this will continue as long as he remains in power.
Again, thank you for writing to me on this very important and dynamic issue. I am passionate about this issue and take my positions and responsibilities very seriously. I thank you for your input, respect your stance, and will keep your concerns in mind as we move forward.
United States Senator
Note: US helped train ISIS fighters
See video: US was responsible for training ISIS in Jordan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuo7-U7mOo
Rand Paul: Obama’s plans means siding with Islamic terrorists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xjc-ToK7AQ
See video: US funding terrorists in Syria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3wunzGveRM
See video: US funding terrorists organizations in Syria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbIRGbeipbw
Independent media titan beats mainstream networks
by Paul Joseph Watson | October 21, 2014
A Pew Research study has found that the Drudge Report, the most pre-eminent independent media source on the web, is trusted by the American public more than CNN, MSNBC, ABC, or CBS.
While the likes of MSNBC and CNN are distrusted by 22% and 20% respectively in the poll, only 9% of respondents said that they distrusted the Drudge Report, a figure on a par with NPR.
The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Huffington Post are all more distrusted than Drudge.
Drudge’s bracketing with the likes of NPR, BBC and Bloomberg suggest that the high level of trust is not merely because the respondents haven’t heard of the Drudge Report, a factor that probably explains why the likes of Think Progress and the Daily Kos appear near the bottom of the list.
The study found that Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and the Glenn Beck Program were the most distrusted news sources, which is probably due to the fact that all three offer staunch conservative views likely to cause polarization amongst liberal respondents to the poll.
In general, trust in mainstream press continues to collapse, with a September 2014 Gallup poll revealing Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” returning to an all time low of 40%.
In addition, many of MSNBC’s flagship shows, such as Morning Joe and The Rachel Maddow Show just posted some of their lowest quarterly ratings results ever, emphasizing how Americans are turning away from network media and getting their news from more varied and independent sources.
“You know there’s a problem with the media when Al-Jazeera is trusted more than NBC, CNN, and MSNBC,” remarks Zero Hedge.
View the Pew results below.