Friday, February 27, 2015

Insight Into ISIS - Private Donors Fund Rise & Rule of Islamic State

A reporter from the U.K.'s The Independent gives further insight into ISIS.
In Irbil, Patrick Cockburn hears from a Kurdish official how Gulf oil cash is shoring up the terrorists, and why this, with a divided enemy, suggests a long war ahead

Private donors from Gulf oil states helping to bankroll salaries of up to 100,000 Isis fighter
Islamic State is still receiving significant financial support from Arab sympathisers outside Iraq and Syria, enabling it to expand its war effort, says a senior Kurdish official.
The US has being trying to stop such private donors in the Gulf oil states sending to Islamic State (Isis) funds that help pay the salaries of fighters who may number well over 100,000.
Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of the Kurdish President, Massoud Barzani, told The Independent on Sunday: “There is sympathy for Da’esh [the Arabic acronym for IS, also known as Isis] in many Arab countries and this has translated into money – and that is a disaster.” He pointed out that until recently financial aid was being given more or less openly by Gulf states to the opposition in Syria – but by now most of these rebel groups have been absorbed into IS and Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate, so it is they “who now have the money and the weapons”.

+Democracy Now! with ISIS in the news and an interview with Patrick Cockburn 
Mr Hussein would not identify the states from which the funding for IS comes today, but implied that they were the same Gulf oil states that financed Sunni Arab rebels in Iraq and Syria in the past. 
Dr Mahmoud Othman, a veteran member of the Iraqi Kurdish leadership who recently retired from the Iraqi parliament, said there was a misunderstanding as to why Gulf countries paid off IS. It is not only that donors are supporters of IS, but that the movement “gets money from the Arab countries because they are afraid of it”, he says. “Gulf countries give money to Da’esh so that it promises not to carry out operations on their territory.”

Barack Obama's analysis of the Islamic State ?  They aren't Islamic and Jayvee......

Barack Obama throws the Intel Community under the bus for the ISIS debacle. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Giuliani Draws Attention to Obama's Communist Background, Media Hyperventilates

Is bringing up Barack Obama's anit-American communist roots a welcome diversion for the Democrats? Judging by the questions asked at the press conference, it might just be.
White House Press Corps Asks Five Questions About Giuliani, One On Clinton Foundation

Okay, now back to Rudy Giuliani in the news....  and comrade Obama as well.........

Giuliani says Obama had 'communist' influences at an early age

Already under fire for claims that President Obama doesn't love America, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani doubled down, saying Obama has had "communist" influences since an early age
The Communist. Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor
The former GOP presidential candidate walked through Obama's life, "from the time he was 9 years old," when Giuliani says "he was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist," to his "17 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright … the guy who said 'God damn America, not God bless America," a critique Obama faced during his first presidential campaign. 
“Obama never left that church," Giuliani added. 
Chicago Communists, WORSE than Illinois Nazis....

Friday, February 20, 2015

F.B.I. Chief Not Invited to Meeting on Countering Violent Extremism

F.B.I. Chief Not Invited to Meeting on Countering Violent Extremism

An excerpt from the NY Times:
WASHINGTON — The White House did not invite the most senior American official charged with preventing terrorist attacks — the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey — to the three-day conference this week on countering violent extremism in the United States and abroad because the administration did not want the event too focused on law enforcement issues, according to senior American officials.  
But Mr. Comey’s Russian counterpart — Aleksandr V. Bortnikov, the director of the Russian Federal Security Service, the post-Soviet K.G.B. — was at the meeting, even though international human rights groups have repeatedly accused the Russian security service of unjustly detaining and spying on Russians and others. 
The service also declined to provide American counterterrorism and intelligence officials with information before the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that would probably have led to more scrutiny of one of the suspects.
Several other foreign law enforcement officials attended the conference, which was held in Washington. The meeting has been criticized as ineffectual and irrelevant, and not focused on immediate and tangible solutions to stop terrorists. And some Republicans said that President Obama’s speech to the assembled leaders on Wednesday did not lay out a strategy for defeating groups like the Islamic State.

The omission of Mr. Comey adds further uncertainty over who in the government is in charge of the anti-extremist effort. Just a few months ago, the F.B.I. put out a lengthy bulletin on its website about how it was leading “a new approach to countering violent extremism.” Many of the strategies listed by the F.B.I. appear similar to ones mentioned at the meeting. 
An Obama administration official defended the decision not to invite Mr. Comey, saying that “while the F.B.I. works tirelessly to keep the country safe, this conference was not centered on federal law enforcement.”

Then again, Barack Obama says the Islamic State isn't islamic and......

Friday, February 6, 2015

CNN & NBC Anchor Brian Williams' Chopper Story Takes More Fire

An interesting twist in NBC News anchor Brian Williams apology and memory problems about getting shot down in a helicopter. It looks like CNN is taking fire now for their reporting on the incident too.

A few links for further details.

With an Apology, Brian Williams Digs Himself Deeper in Copter Tale
Pilots At Odds Over Who Flew Brian Williams’ Helicopter
Pilot in Brian Williams scandal: 'I am questioning my memories'

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