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Sat, 03/08/2014 - 00:59 — cvcadmin
For 17 months, Speaker Boehner has refused to authorize the establishment of a House Select Investigative Committee on The Battle of Benghazi. We executed the second letter on the Battle of Benghazi which was hand delivered to Speaker Boehner; it is in the attachment and was signed by 94 Patriotic Americans requesting that Speaker Boehner finally authorize the establishment of a House Select Investigative Committee on The Battle of Benghazi. That House Select Committee is absolutely necessary; because only such a committee can issue the subpoenas required, to obtain information that has been intentionally classified by Obama, in order to prevent the 5 separate House Committees investigating Benghazi from gaining access to that classified information for the past 17 months. That failure to gain access to information intentionally classified by Obama is preventing the House from getting to the bottom of why Obama refused to issue “Cross Border Authority” on 9/11/12, thus preventing the US Armed Forces from dispatching a rescue mission that was ready and waiting on the tarmac 458 miles away in Italy, within 90 minutes of flight time to 2 hours away from Benghazi.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen was appointed by Hillary Clinton to be Vice Chairman of an Accountability Review Board (ARB) to supposedly determine the facts on the Battle of Benghazi, actually the report that Mullen authored “intentionally covered up” the fact that Obama refused to authorize “Cross Border Authority”. In addition Mullen never interviewed the central figure responsible for the Security failure of the US Mission in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton. Clinton was repeatedly warned by personal cables and personal phone calls made directly to her at least 8 times over nearly a 6 month period by Ambassador Stevens, the CIA, the DIA, Libyan State Security, and the Regional Security Officer in the US Embassy in Tripoli, that security was dangerously inadequate at the US Mission in Benghazi, that Ambassador Stevens was on an Al Q’ieda hit list, that 10 al Q’ieda training camps were operating openly in close proximity to the US Mission, and the lives of members in the US Mission were in danger; yet Clinton repeatedly turned down requests for additional security and Mullen never revealed those facts, or why on August 5, 2012, just before the murder of Ambassador Stevens, Clinton refused to re-authorize a contract to fund Ambassador Stevens personal Security Detail. The Senate bi-partisan Intelligence Committee reported that there were “Systemic failures at the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure which resulted in a GROSSLY inadequate security posture in Benghazi.”
Mullen also failed to reveal that the lives of two US Navy SEALs, SOSC Tyrone Woods, USN (Ret) age 41, and SO1 Gen Dougherty, USN age 42, killed 7 hours and 35 minutes after 125-150 Al Q’ieda terrorists launched a well-coordinated and rehearsed commando style attack on the US Mission in Benghazi with truck mounted artillery, rocket propelled grenades, professionally trained mortar teams, NATO assault rifles, hand grenades, AK-47s, and machine guns lives could have been saved by US Air Force F-16s Jet Fighters sitting at the ready on the tarmac 450 miles away in Aviona, Italy, within 90 minutes of flight time away from Benghazi. Mullen did not include in his ARB that the occupant of the Oval Office in the White House, who was watching live video feed from an aerial drone of the Al Q’ieda terrorist attack on the US Mission in Benghazi unfold for 8 hours, willfully refused to authorize a military rescue mission and the nature of “Cross Border Authority” (the US military can’t move US military forces across any international border, not even into Canada or Mexico, without issuing “Cross Border Authority”).
Forty-nine Republican Congressmen, including the top 4 Republican leaders in the House, have refused to support or to co-author Cong Frank R. Wolf’s (R-VA-10) House Resolution 36, which has been co-authored by 186 Republican Congressmen; they have been calling for Speaker Boehner to authorize a House Select Investigative Committee on the Battle of Benghazi to no avail. Speaker Boehner and the 49 Republican Congressmen will have to answer to the voter in their primaries and in the general election in November for their support of Obama on this issue.
The Honorable John Boehner Speaker,
U.S. House of Representatives
The Capitol, H-232 Washington, D.C., 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner,
Through the investigative journalism of Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge, a report of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the investigation and litigation efforts of Judicial Watch, we now know that there is compelling evidence that former Acting Central Intelligence Director Michael Morell has made false and misleading statements to Congress. This issue demands your immediate personal attention.
We were pleased to see that our letter of January 6, 2014 may have persuaded you and your various committee chairs investigating the Benghazi attacks to make some limited efforts to promote information gathered through the uncoordinated work of the House.
But the establishment of the Internet website, “The House Republican Investigation of Benghazi” only highlights the inadequacies of House efforts to date. Most Americans, in addition to a large majority of your party’s caucus, demand a full and complete investigation of this terror attack. Mr. Morell’s statements and conduct appear to have materially contributed to confusing and misleading the Congress and the American people. Susan Rice’s latest rounds of lies about Benghazi on the February 23, 2014 edition of Meet the Press illustrate the contempt that this Administration has for your committees’ investigation to date.
Americans want facts and justice – not controlled leaks of heavily redacted interview transcripts. The latest polling shows, “Sixty-six percent of voters want Congress to keep investigating the White House’s handling of Benghazi. That includes 50 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of Independents and 83 percent of Republicans.”
Once again, we urge you to now create a House Select Investigative Committee on Benghazi – fully resourced with staff and subpoena powers – to conduct a thorough, coordinated investigation.
Mr. Morell must be compelled to appear before Congress and explain his statements and conduct. Even if he invokes his right not to testify under the Fifth Amendment, then the Congress must pursue, through a Select Committee, the many unanswered questions and apparent Obama administration cover-up of the terror attacks that cost the lives of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and Security Officers Glen Doherty and Ty Woods.
In addition to these new concerns about potentially false and misleading testimony and information being provided to Congress, there are a host of other Benghazi-related questions that remain unanswered. Most troubling perhaps are the still unresolved questions about whether any Obama Administration officials prevented available military assets, especially in the African Command (AFRICOM), from being used to protect and secure American personnel and facilities under attack in Benghazi. Indeed, Judicial Watch recently obtained new documents, first uncovered by a retired military officer, that dramatically highlight significant U.S. Navy assets that could have been deployed to assist and protect U.S. lives on September 11, 2012.
Gravely disturbing evidence of possible criminality and abuse of both public office and the public trust is now before you. Mr. Speaker, you must act now.
Charles Woods, Father of Ty Woods Pat Smith, Mother of Sean Smith Michael Ingmire, Musician/Writer, Uncle to Sean Smith and Admiral Jerome L. Johnson, USN (Ret), former Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral James A. Lyons, Jr., USN (Ret), President/CEO LION Associates, LLC General Frederick J. Kroesen, USA (Ret.) Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney, USAF (Ret), Former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff USAF, Citizens Commission on Benghazi Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, USA (Ret) Vice Admiral Albert J. Baciocco, USN (Ret) Lt. Gen. E. G. "Buck" Shuler, Jr., USAF (Ret) Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Watts, USA (Ret) Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret) former Congressman, FL Ambassador Henry F. Cooper, Former Director, Strategic Defense Initiative Col. Richard "Dick" Brauer, USAF (Ret), Member Special Operations Speaks & Citizens Commission on Benghazi Tom Fitton, President, Judicial Watch Phyllis Schlafly, Founder and President, Eagle Forum Frank Gaffney, Founder and President, Center for Security Policy Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, USA (Ret), Chairman, Stand Up America Joel Arends, Chairman, Veterans for a Strong America CAPT Joseph R. John, USNA '62, USN (Ret), Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC Kenneth R. Timmerman, Author, Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi (forthcoming) Col. James C. Harding, USAF (Ret), National Spokesman for Veteran Defenders of America Scott Raab, OEF/OIF Combat Veteran, Move America Forward Col. Wayne V. Morris, USMC (Ret), Member, Citizens Commission on Benghazi Kevin Shipp, Citizens Commission on Benghazi Larry Bailey CAPT (SEAL), USN (Ret.), CCB & SOS, Allen Roth, President, Secure America Now Dr. James C. Dobson, President and Founder, Family Talk Clare M. Lopez, Member, Citizens' Commission on Benghazi Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association Elaine Donnelly, President, Center For Military Readiness Ginni Thomas, President, Liberty Consulting Anita MonCrief, True the Vote, Black Voter Alliance Judson Phillips, Founder, Tea Party Nation David Horowitz, President, Freedom Center Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, Founder and Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition C. Preston Noell III, President, Tradition, Family, Inc. Andrea Lafferty, President, Traditional Values Coalition Roger Aronoff, Editor, Accuracy in Media Peter J. Thomas, Chairman, The Conservative Caucus Inc. Bryan Fischer, Director of Issue Analysis, American Family Association Sarah Folger White, Former Presidential Commissioner Maj. Gen. Henry D. Robertson, USA (Ret) Maj. Gen. Richard M. Cooke, USMC (Ret) Maj. Gen. Carroll D. Childers P.E., USA (Ret) Maj. Gen. Bentley B. Rayburn, USAF (Ret) Maj. Gen. Thomas F. Cole, USA (Ret) Brig. Gen. William Weise, USMC (Ret) Rear Adm. 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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:13 — cvcadmin
The assault on the US military continues unabated. The long term goal of the Obama administration has always been to reduce America’s military power consistently and systematically, and they are doing it at a time when China, Russia, Iran, and Al Q’ieda military strengths are increasing. In the below listed article you can read how the Obama administration continues its assault on military personnel who have repeatedly put their lives on the line in defense of the Republic, and many have been maimed for life. The deepest and most draconian cuts in military pay and benefits in 40 years is being proposed by Obama’s civilian appointees at the Pentagon in their new budget. It includes:
(1) Increasing health care costs for retirees & military families (Tricare deductibles and co-pays are being increased)
(2) Massive cuts in commissary benefits so the cost of food to military families will be increased
(3) The first ever cuts in basic housing allowance for families
(4) Draconian pay raises in 2015 will only be 1% which won’t keep up with inflation
(5) Moreover personnel costs will be reduces significantly by reducing the US Army below 1940 levels which is a extremely dangerous policy
(6) Hagel quote “Of course there is going to be risk”
All this is taking place at a time when there is serious concern in the US Armed Forces about many enlisted military families requiring food stamps because of their unusually low incomes. Cutting their pay and benefits is underway while the Obama administration provides billions of dollars of free medical care, education, and food stamp benefits for Illegal Immigrants. In addition, annually the IRS refunds billions of dollars in employer paid federal taxes to Illegal Immigrants who file for dependent benefits for their Illegal Immigrant’s children residing in Mexico.
Annually the Obama administration has been increasing the percentage of authorized expenditure on food stamps, which exceeds the increase in the authorized expenditures for the defense of the Republic (48 million people are now on food stamps with no requirement for verification of if they are truly eligible US citizens). “Common sense is not so common in the Obama administration.” The way to prevent war is to maintain a strong military establishment---it should be “Peace Thru Strength,” not peace thru weakness.
February 24, 2014, 08:34 pm
Pentagon budget slashes benefits
By Kristina Wong
Benefits for active duty personnel and their families would be slashed under a budget proposal released Monday by the Pentagon.
The budget would dramatically reduce the Army’s size and trigger a new round of controversial base closures while cutting healthcare copays and deductibles and reducing the subsidies military families get for housing and low-cost goods.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged the cuts would be controversial but argued they were unavoidable in a belt-tightening era following the end of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Congress has taken some important steps in recent years to control the growth in compensation spending, but we must do more,” he said.
Lawmakers, as well as groups that represent veterans and the military, accused the Pentagon of balancing its pocketbook on the backs of soldiers and their families.
“We know the Defense Department must make difficult budget decisions, but these cuts would hit service members, making it harder for them and their families to make ends meet,” said Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
Coupled with a 1 percent ceiling on pay hikes and assuming a 5 percent annual increase in housing costs, the Military Officers Association of America estimated an Army sergeant with a family of four would see an annual loss of $1,400. An Army captain would lose $2,100, it said.
The group said those figures doesn’t account for other costs that would affect military families, such as increased prices at military commissaries because of another budget proposal and an increase in healthcare fees for military family members.
Hagel cast the cuts as unavoidable and necessary to avoid steeper cuts to military personnel.
He said payroll costs have risen 40 percent more than in the private sector.
While he said those hikes were the “right thing to do” during war, “today DOD faces a vastly different fiscal situation … We must now consider fair and responsible adjustments to our overall military compensation package.”
“This is the first time in 13 years we will be presenting a budget to the Congress of the United States that’s not a war-footing budget,” Hagel said.
The budget includes proposals that would cut the growth of housing allowances for service members and their families and stop reimbursing renter’s insurance entirely. Subsidies at domestic military commissaries that provide military families with low-cost goods would be reduced.
Only the medically retired would escape proposed cuts to healthcare copays and increases to deductibles.
While basic pay raises will be held to 1 percent in 2015 under the budget, general and flag officers would see a pay freeze.
The budget also calls for a new round of base closings in 2017, which lawmakers have fiercely resisted during the past two budget requests.
Over the next five years, the Pentagon plans to reduce the size of the active duty Army from 520,000 members to between 440,000 and 450,000. The Army National Guard would also be reduced from 355,000 to about 335,000, and the Army Reserve would be cut from 205,000 to 195,000. The Marine Corps would also shrink, from about 190,000 to 182,000.
The call for a smaller military represents a turn from a decade of ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when Army troop levels peaked at 570,000 active troops.
Hagel acknowledged “some added risk” in having a small ground force, but he said ground troops would still be able to defeat an enemy in one theater while defending the homeland and supporting air and naval forces in another.
The Pentagon also proposed cuts to programs not geared toward future wars.
It would eliminate the Air Force’s A-10 “Warthog” attack jets, which provide ground troops with close air support. That would save $3.5 billion over five years, Hagel said.
It would retire the Air Force’s entire fleet of U2 manned spy planes and replace them with unmanned Global Hawk aircraft.
The budget cuts the number of Navy littoral combat ships from 52 to 32.
The elimination of the A-10 will be particularly controversial with lawmakers.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) called it a “serious mistake” that would cost lives and warned she would fight it.
By making the cuts, the Pentagon is protecting its investments in special operations, cyber resources and the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
It will also invest $26 billion in what officials are calling an “Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative” that would be used for readiness and modernization.
Officials said the White House would release more details about the fund on March 4, when the administration releases its full 2015 budget request.
Although the 2015 budget falls within the $496 billion budget cap imposed by Congress, the Pentagon’s budget plan for the next five years would exceed those ceilings by $115 billion.
Unless those ceilings are raised, Pentagon officials said deeper cuts would be made, including reducing the Army’s active duty size to 420,000 troops.
“Sequestration requires cuts so deep, so quickly, that we cannot shrink the size of our military fast enough,” Hagel said.
Sun, 02/23/2014 - 01:21 — cvcadmin
In the 7 years, from 2001 to 2008, US Military Personnel engaged in combat in Afghanistan operated under the “standard” Rules Of Engagement (ROE) that the military always operated under; during those 7 years, 630 US Military Personnel were Killed In Action (KIA). In 2009, Obama imposed new and “dangerous” ROE on US Military Personnel operating in combat in Afghanistan, over the next 5 years, from 2009 thru 2013, 2,292 personnel were KIA. The increase in KIAs for Combat personnel who had previously operated under the “standard” ROE, jumped from 90/year during the first 7 years, to 458/year over the next 5 years employing Obama’s new and “dangerous” ROE-----an increase in 458% in KIAs.
According to CNS News.com, 19,080 US Military Personnel have been casualties in Afghanistan since 2001; CNS News.com further reported that 73% of all casualties in Afghanistan occurred from 2009 thru 2013, the time frame when Obama’s new and “dangerous” ROE were forced upon US military personnel engaged in combat. The increase in casualties for US Combat personnel who were operating under the new and “dangerous” ROE jumped from 5,151 during the first 7 years, to 13,928 over the next 5 years (many of those casualties were maimed for life), the annual casualty rate has gone from 736/year when they were operating under the “standard” ROE to 2785/year when they had to employ Obama’s new and “dangerous” ROE---an increase of 378%/year for Combat personnel Wounded In Action.
Apologists for the Obama administration might say there were more casualties because of an increase in tempo of operations; the tempo of operations might have increased somewhat, but the tempo operations did not increase by 378%.
The below listed article will put a face on the above listed statistics on Killed In Action numbers, and number of casualties, as a result the new and “dangerous” Rules Of Engagement imposed upon military personnel engaged in combat by the then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mullen. General Mullen never saw ground combat, but followed in lock step with how the occupant in the Oval Office wanted the Rules Of Engagement changed, and he didn’t carefully evaluate how those devastating changes would dramatically increase the casualties of combat personnel going into “Harm’s Way” daily, or how the new and “dangerous” would degrade the Combat Effectiveness of the finest tip of the spear military units in the world.
Two well-known losses of combat personnel are examples of how the imposition of the new and “dangerous” ROE forced on combat personnel increased the dangerous environment on the battlefield. The first example was depicted in the movie “Lone Survivor” where the fear of being charged by civilians in the Pentagon with war crimes, if they silenced a hostile Afghani, resulted in compromising an entire operation and resulted in the death of 3 SEALs. The second event, Extortion 17, occurred because the request for suppression fire at a landing zone, that used to be normally approved to allow a helicopter to land in a hot zone, was denied by senior commanders because of the new and “dangerous” ROE. That lack of support resulted in the loss of 48 military personnel flying on Extortion 17 (those killed included 16 members of SEAL Team SIX, 20 Spec Ops Warriors, 5 helo crew members, and 7 Afghani military allies); Extortion 17 was the largest loss of life of US military personnel in one day in the 13 year history of combat operations in Afghanistan. There have been thousands of incidents over the last 5 years that resulted in casualties that could have been avoided, if the “standard” ROE were being employed.
The occupant of the Oval Office has let it be known that he welcomes debate, but won’t tolerate dissent; the past 5 years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has taught the combatant commanders not to complain about the ROE (because they knew of the unusually high number of commanders that had been relieved in the midst of their tours). Sound judgment was not exhibited by Mullen when he imposed the new and “dangerous” Rules Of Engagement on the US military by Obama---he should have had the courage to resign to demonstrate his opposition to Rules of Engagement that would result in killing so many of the Republic’s finest warriors. Each year since 2008 when the new and “dangerous” Rules of Engagement took effect, 2049 more military personnel per year have been Wounded In Action each year for 5 years (a total of 10,245 more personnel have been wounded and/or maimed for life) which is an increase of 378%. Each year since 2008 when the new and “dangerous” Rules Of Engagement took effect, 368 more military personnel have been Killed In Action each year for 5 years (a total of 1840 more personnel have been killed) which is an increase of 458%. The unacceptable number of casualties continues to increase, while the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hasn’t made a concerted effort to change the dangerous Rules Of Engagement that US Military personnel, engaged in combat, are required to operate under.
Friday, 14 February 2014
US SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN ARE NOW FORCED TO FIGHT A TWO-FRONTED WAR
Written by Billy & Karen Vaughn on Friday, 14 February 2014. Posted in Billy & Karen Vaughn, Opinion
OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST COME HOME IN BODY BAGS AS POLITICIANS AND LAWYERS DINE OVER WHITE LINEN TABLECLOTHS; WRITING, MODIFYING, AND RE-MODIFYING THESE LETHAL RULES…RULES THAT FAVOR THE ENEMY RATHER THAN THE AMERICAN SOLDIER.
US soldiers in Afghanistan are now forced to fight a two-fronted war. Before each deployment, these soldiers understand fully that day after day they will do battle against relentless terrorists with shifting loyalties and unspeakable hatred. But what none of them could have foreseen was the killing field that would open from their rear...the Continental United States.
Our government’s incessant tightening of already restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement), compounded by the failed COIN (Counterinsurgency) strategy—also known as “winning hearts and minds,” has made an otherwise primitive enemy formidable.
Our best and brightest come home in body bags as politicians and lawyers dine over white linen tablecloths; writing, modifying, and re-modifying these lethal rules…rules that favor the enemy rather than the American soldier. Rules so absurd they’re difficult to believe until you hear the same stories over and again from those returning from battle.
In a delicate discussion with an Army Ranger who recently left the military, we heard the following: “I had to get out. I have a family who needs me. I didn’t join to be sacrificed. I joined to fight.” This decision came shortly after he lost a close friend to the ROE. He went on to explain: the Taliban had attempted an ambush on his friend’s squad, but quickly realized they were in a battle they couldn’t win and began retreating. While chasing them, the US soldiers were ordered not to engage due to the slight chance the Taliban had laid down their arms as they ran through some type of shack. While arguing with leadership at the JOC (Joint Operations Center) his friend was shot and killed.
A Navy SEAL who left his job only a few years shy of full retirement said the following: “I got out because I couldn’t take it anymore. We tried to explain how much reckless danger we were being exposed to and they told us we were being illogical.”
This type of response has created a growing compromise of confidence between our war fighters and senior military leadership. His argument wasn’t illogical at all.
A gut-wrenching pattern began forming in early 2009…a pattern completely ignored by Congress, the White House, and apparently the DOD.
In the first seven plus years of war in Afghanistan (October, 2001 – December, 2008) we lost 630 US soldiers. In early 2009, this administration authorized the implementation of the COIN strategy. Over the next five years, the US death toll skyrocket to 2,292.
Seventy-three percent of all US deaths in Afghanistan have taken place since 2009.
In the first seven plus years of war in Afghanistan, 2,638 US soldiers were wounded in action. In the next forty-five months (2009 – 2012) an additional 15,036 suffered the same fate.
Liars figure, but figures don’t lie.
While concern over being killed due to these policies weighs heavy on the minds of those we’ve spoken with, the deepest pit-in-the-stomach comes from fear of prosecution should they violate these absurd and ever-changing ROE. The last thing a war fighter should ever be forced to experience is unnecessary fear.
Fear creates hesitation. Hesitation creates flag-draped caskets. Flag-draped caskets create fatherless children, widowed wives, and childless parents. Our heroes deserve the right to fight with swift hands, clear minds, and confident hearts.
However, today’s war fighters have the grave misfortune of serving leaders who elevate the virtues of inaction over action. The message? If you dare use your training or your gut instinct, if you have the fortitude to fight for your life, or the desire to kill the enemy, there is a good chance you will be punished.
The physiological capacities of a true patriot cannot tolerate the vile stench of injustice, especially when perpetrated against those who defend us. Its wretched aroma permeates the core and demands a response.
We’re counting on you, the American patriot, for that response. We must defend our defenders. Please, spread the news and demand change.
Sat, 02/15/2014 - 14:27 — cvcadmin
With Obama removal 200+ highly qualified and combat tested senior and flag officers from key positions, we are now witnessing comments by some of the officers who were appointed to replace those Flag Officers. Admiral Locklear, CINCPAC, an Obama appointee, recently made another troubling statement, that can be read by clicking on the below listed link; he said he believes China will help the US Military with its security requirements in the Pacific region. He previously stated “the greatest threat to the US in the Pacific is Global Warming.”
Obama also appointed former Chairman Adm. Mullen who surprised most Naval Academy graduates, who support and endeavor to live by the Naval Academy Honor Concept, when Mullen refused to testify forthrightly in response to Cong Trey Gowdy’s very simple questions in Congress. His answers can be viewed in the video by clicking on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkPQAnHzZZQ ; as the Co-Chairman of the Accountability Review Board on The Battle of Benghazi, Mullen refused to include in his report that the only reason a military rescue was not dispatched to save the lives of the 4 Americans who were killed in Benghazi was because Obama refused to issue “Cross Border Authority” that would be required to permit the US military to launch the prepositioned rescue forces that were between 90 minutes and 2 hours away.
According to the written findings of a US Senate “Bipartisan” Committee Report on Benghazi, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, another Obama appointee, exhibited “poor leadership and insufficient planning for the 9/11/12 predictable Benghazi terrorist attack and showed significant deficiencies in command.” On February 7, 2013, General Dempsey in testimony before the US Senate blamed the US State Department leadership for the attack on the US Mission in Benghazi; he stated that the Pentagon never received a request to place military forces closer to the US Mission in Benghazi on 9/11/2012, and that he wasn’t aware of the existence of the CIA Annex in Benghazi.
The Reid controlled Senate will continue to confirm politically acceptable senior flag officers that the civilian appointees at the Pentagon hand pick who are being forced to preside over the steadily eroding US Armed Forces. Some of the decisions being made in the Pentagon affecting the US Armed Forces are the new proposed increase in the cost of military medical benefits, the pending loss of Commissaries, the violation of military Chaplain’s freedom of speech & their well held religious beliefs, the decrease in physical qualification for Tip of the Spear Units so women can be assigned, forcing new & dangerous Rules Of Engagement in Combat resulting in casualties that could be avoided, the relief of hundreds of Commanding Officers/Officers/senior enlisted from ships on extended deployment over the last 5 years because of sexual improprieties at sea, and failure to take appropriate corrective actions that would prevent 14,000 straight male military personnel from being sexually assaulted annually, are all indications that Obama’s civilian appointees at DOD are only promoting Flag Officers who can be counted on to comply with the aforementioned policies that are collectively eroding the Combat Effectiveness of the US Armed Forces.
Sat, 02/01/2014 - 01:21 — cvcadmin
The Obama administration, with the acquiescence of the Republican leadership in Congress, continue to reduce benefits and protection for US military personnel; when billions of dollars were voted today to go to Illegal Immigrants for food stamps, medical benefits, education in tax payer funded schools---the financial support for illegals increased again this year, and every year, and there are still tax loopholes for Illegal Immigrants while military personnel taxes increase each year.
The Republican Congress led by Boehner not only approved the Balance Budget Act that allowed a 1% COLA cut of earned pensions benefits for military retirees that the US government executed a contract to guarantee (yet the Republicans led Congress did not cut the bloated government union retired pay by 1%). In the below listed article, you can see how Obama’s civilian appointees at DOD is cutting the military budget that funds the commissary benefits that lower paid military families desperately need. In addition, by taking no action to deal with the sexual assaults on 14,000 straight military males annually since openly gay males have been recruited to join the US Armed Services the Congress is ignoring a very serious problem that may be contributing to an increased suicide rate of 22/day for active duty personnel and Veterans—it far exceeds combat deaths. Further, to have done nothing to prevent civilian appointees at DOD who are poised to increase the cost of medical benefits for military families-------they have already started by cutting $250 million from Tri-Care Centers. All of the above unconscionable assaults on the US Armed Forces, have all but been ignored by the leadership of Republican Congress, while continued attacks on the US Military by Obama’s civilian appointees at DOD continues, including the suppression on freedom of speech for Chaplains, the failures of Congress to deal with them must be highlighted prior to the 2014 election, because the Republicans leadership has control of the purse strings and can do so much more to help military personnel.
Finally, even though 180 Congressmen have co-signed Congressman Wolf’s measure requesting Boehner appoint a House Select Investigative Committee on the Battle of Benghazi, over the past15 months, Boehner has refused to authorize appointment of a House Select Committee with subpoena authority, with the ability to demand review & investigation information the Obama administration has classified to prevent the current 5 committees in Congress from seeing, and the authority for extend the time they can question witnesses beyond 5 minutes each Congressman is allowed to question a witness. Boehner knows the 5 different committees in Congress, do not have the ability to get to the bottom of this latest Obama administration scandal. The American people want the Congress to get to the truth and seek justice for the families of the 4 Americans who were murdered by 125-150 Al Q’ieda terrorists perpetrated in The Battle of Benghazi. The Al Q’ieda terrorists had no effective opposition from US military personnel who were ready to respond in less than 2 hours, because “Cross Border Authority” was not authorized by Obama. A House Select Committee investigation is the only the type of investigation that can get to the truth for the benefit of the families of the deceased and for all US military personnel who may be sent “Into Harm’s Way” in the future; military personnel now have their doubts, that if they need to be rescued in a heated combat environment, that relief would ever in fact be authorized and dispatched.
Pentagon Proposes Plan to Gut Commissary's Budget
Jan 22, 2014 | by Amy Bushatz
The Defense Department is discussing a $1 billion cut over the next three years to the commissary’s budget in a move that could lead to a widespread closure of stores, Pentagon and industry officials said. Word of the pending cut comes two months after news that the Pentagon’s top financial advisor ordered the Defense Commissary Agency (DCA) to produce a plan to close most stateside commissaries should the need arise.
The commissary agency currently operates 247 stores worldwide. Under the requested closure plan, all but 24 rural stores stateside and stores located outside the continental U.S. would close. DCA currently receives $1.4 billion annually in tax payer funding. The potential Defense Department cut would reduce the agency’s budget over three years until it stood at $400 million fiscal 2017, sources confirmed to Military.com.
Starting with the 2015 budget, Congress would be forced to either find funding elsewhere and give the Defense Department more than its requested commissary budget, or allow officials to make sweeping changes to the commissary system, including potential closures.
"If DCA's budget is cut to such a magnitude, it would ultimately require DCA to close stores or change the way it delivers the commissary benefit," a source with knowledge of the proposed cuts told Military.com. "But those options would mean military families would have to pay more for their groceries, significantly reducing the non-pay compensation benefit provided through the commissaries. Once again, military families are being forced to sacrifice their hard-earned money to achieve deficit reductions by having their benefits reduced or eliminated."
Pentagon leaders are under pressure to find savings throughout military spending following the passage of sequestration and the association $500 billion cut to the defense budget over the next decade. Military officials have said all DD agencies will be reviewed in order to cut costs to include family programs.
DCA’s $1.4 billion annual budget funds employee salaries, keeps the lights on in stores and pays for food to be shipped to overseas locations. A congressionally mandated five percent surcharge on all commissary sales pays for other operation costs such as construction and building maintenance. A recent grocery store study by DCA found that using the commissary saves shoppers an average of 30.5 percent annually when compared to other stores off base.
The cuts will be incremental and will appear first in the department’s 2015 budget request, expected to be released next month. The full $1 billion cut would not be included in the request until 2017, sources said. Implementing the cuts incrementally may be a way for DD officials to test Congress’ acceptance of the cuts, sources said. Reducing the commissary’s budget could be a strategy to force Congress to fund other Defense Department priorities, sources said. "The strategy may be to cut DCA's budget and basically force Congress’ hand to offset the cuts. However, if Congress doesn’t fill the hole in the first year it basically gives DOD permission to continue to cut DCA's budget going forward," an industry source said.
It’s unclear how the Obama administration will react to the proposed cuts as the White House must approve the defense budget before sending it to the Hill for approval. Last year, President Obama told Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif. that closing commissaries is "not how a great nation should be treating its military and military families."
DOD personnel and readiness officials declined to confirm the cuts on the record – but did not deny that major commissary cuts may be on the table. "We are in the process of finalizing our budget submission for Fiscal Year 2015, and we cannot provide any specifics at this time. I can tell you that no commissaries have closed, and no commissaries are about to close," said Joy Clabaugh, a spokesman for the personnel and readiness office of the assistant secretary of defense. "As the Department of Defense faces an increasingly constrained budget environment, we are reviewing all programs to identify cost-cutting and money-saving opportunities. We have a process in place to finalize and announce budget decisions, and right now, we are assessing all options.
By law, DOD cannot close or consolidate any commissary stores without giving Congress written, 90 day notice and justification. If DOD’s reduced commissary budget request is authorized, the department will need to find significant cost savings within the commissary system, which could include closing some stateside stores or changing the way food is shipped to commissaries overseas, sources said.
DeCA last year weighed several cost saving or revenue increasing options, including adding beer and wine to their inventory or requesting that Congress double the commissary product surcharge from 5 to 10 percent, said Tom Gordy, president of the Armed Forces Marketing Council, which lobbies for brokers doing business with military stores, at a November hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.
However, some within the DOD and commissary system do not look on either of those options favorably. Critics say adding alcohol to commissary shelves would cause competition with the Exchange systems, which operates for profit. And increasing either prices or the surcharge would lower patron savings. The pending cut will be the most drastic way the commissary system has been impacted by DOD budget woes thus far. Commissaries were closed six extra days due to sequestration in 2013 when weekly furloughs were ordered for all DOD employees, including commissary workers. They were closed an additional five days over the government shutdown in October.
News of the pending government shutdown and corresponding commissary closures in October resulted in one of the largest sales days ever for the agency at $30.6 million, more than double their normal daily sales volume. Shoppers flocked to the stores filling their carts with meat. Military family members nationwide reported verbal fights and bickering in stores as shoppers vied for items.
Candace Wheeler, a vice president for American Logistics Association & The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits, said she expects service nmembers and their families to reach out to multiple lawmakers to ensure such a cut to the commissary does not pass. "The military community will fight this devastating cut to their earned commissary benefit," said Candace Wheeler, spokesperson for The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits. "Commissaries are vital to helping military families make ends meet and provide much needed employment for veterans and family members, cutting them would be another broken promise," added Wheeler.
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 00:42 — cvcadmin
We are occasionally asked, why should American citizens elect endorsed Combat Veteran For Congress.
Combat Veterans know the vital importance of discipline, understands what teamwork can accomplish, understand the unshakable importance of loyalty, have demonstrated perseverance in the face of extreme adversity, have accomplished difficult missions in the face of armed opposition, and have repeatedly demonstrated their support for the defense of the Republic, like very few Americans have ever been called upon to do.
If you click on the below listed link, you will be able to watch a video about US Marines in combat----the message one takes away from that video is that military personnel are hardened on the battlefield in combat---all military personnel who served in the defense of the Republic over the last 238 years have been tested in the cauldron of combat under fire in similar ways.
Combat tested, and fiscally conservative Combat Veterans have stood shoulder to shoulder with men in their units, in order to protect them, and in the face of enemy attacks. They didn’t ask anything of their comrades-in-arms that they weren’t willing to do themselves. Courageous Combat Veterans, have exhibited effective leadership under extreme stressful situations, their word could always be trusted when it meant, at times, the difference between life or death------that trust by others in combat, in the veracity of their fellow combatant’s word, is absent in many of the elected and irresponsible members of Congress. Unfortunately the saying that a man’s “word is his bond” is absent at the highest levels of the federal government bureaucracy, was absent in the leadership of the US State Department during the Battle of Benghazi, and is absent in the current occupant of the Oval Office who repeatedly told the American people, over a three year period, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor; if like your health insurance you can keep your health insurance.”
Leadership has been exhibited by the endorsed and elected Combat Veterans For Congress over the last four years, they worked to limit the expansion of the boated government bureaucracy, they opposed the flawed Obamacare Law which canceled 6.8 million health insurance policies (covering about 26 million family members), they have opposed the Socialist policies of the Obama administration which has been trying to destroy the Free Enterprise System that built the most effective economic engine in the history of mankind, and fought to properly fund the US Armed forces. Every endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress, “The Few The Brave”, have tried to rein in the out of control spending by irresponsible members of Congress. Unfortunately, too few of them have been elected to Congress to affect the votes of 535 members of Congress’; with your help we intend to change that this year. Combat Veterans For Congress will support the independence and freedom of all American citizens as outlined in the Bill of Rights, will work to improve the Obama administration’s flawed health care program, and will protect the retirement pensions and benefits of all veterans and active duty military personnel.
We spend an inordinate amount of time vetting all the Combat Veteran’s records who want to run for Congress, and end up endorsing a relatively small percentage of those under review, to try to ensure that they measure up to the elected Combat Veterans For Congress. We encourage you to support and elect the endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress listed in the attachment, and the new slate of Combat Veterans For Congress who will be endorsed leading to the 2014 election. Upon entry into the US Armed Forces, they raised their right hand and swore to protect and defend the US Constitution; they can be trusted to continue to do so. A Combat Veteran, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”
Fri, 01/17/2014 - 00:38 — cvcadmin
This Op-Ed by Admiral James A Lyons’52 USN (Ret) is on the strategic overview of the military defense of the Republic. I first served with Admiral Lyons in 1967, when he was the Commanding Officer of the USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-698) and I was the ship’s Weapons Officer; SPERRY deployed to the Middle East in response to the “Six Day War”. When Admiral Lyons was the Commander-in-Chief US Pacific Fleet, I was given command of a newly commissioned unit, COMUSFACSUBICBAYDET119. We were tasked from June 1986 thru May 1988, to complete a series of security assessments in the Philippines, and make recommendations to the COMMANDER, USFACSUBICBAY, in order to contribute toward improving the Navy/Marine Corps defenses against NPA terrorist who were attacking US military personnel stationed in the Philippines. Periodically, when directed to do so by his staff, I reported directly to Admiral Lyons at CINCPACFLT in Pearl Harbor on the progress of our assessment.
LYONS: A new doctrine of disengagement
America’s withdrawal makes the world more dangerous
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Most Americans did not comprehend in 2008 what President-to-be Obama meant when he declared that he was going to “fundamentally” transform America. The first clear indication should have come with his June 2009 Cairo “outreach” speech to the Muslim world. With the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood leadership prominently seated in the front row (and his host, Egypt’s then-president, Hosni Mubarak, not in attendance), his speech, in effect, gave the green light to the Arab Spring movement. Secular dictatorships that were cooperating with the United States and keeping Islamic jihadists under control were clearly the first targets.
This should have raised the question: Is this the new Obama doctrine? If so, it has left our friends and allies not only confused, but at times feeling betrayed. Certainly, that is the case for our longtime and closest ally in the Middle East, Israel. With the Obama administration’s ill-conceived agreement with Iran, Israel, for all practical purposes, has been cast adrift and must now make plans to ensure its own survivability.
The sense that America is disengaging, coupled with our unilateral disarmament, is contributing to instability throughout the world. With Iran on the cusp of becoming a nuclear power, the net result will be to foster the spread of nuclear-weapon states. Clearly, this initial agreement with Iran has implications far beyond the Middle East. It has brought into question the reliability of our security guarantees that our allies and friends have counted on as part of the key underpinning for their own national security. Aside from Israel, this is of particular concern to our allies in the Western Pacific with China’s bullying tactics in trying to enforce their illegal claims in both the South China Sea and East China Sea.
Beijing’s massive military buildup over the past two decades is clearly targeting the United States, particularly the U.S. Navy. Its anti-ship ballistic missile is designed to attack our aircraft carriers and other major surface combatants as part of their anti-denial, anti-access strategy. China’s strategic force modernization program, which includes more than 3,000 miles of underground reinforced tunnels for its fixed and mobile nuclear forces, also includes its strategic nuclear ballistic-missile and conventional submarine forces operating from underground submarine pens off Hainan Island. With typical arrogance, some Chinese have boasted that their submarines are on alert and prepared to kill between 5 million and 12 million Americans in Western U.S. cities.
Not surprising, with the perception that the United States is disengaging with its ill-advised one-war strategy, our pivot to Asia has not impressed the Chinese. Beijing senses the opportunity is near to achieve its core objectives of hegemony in the Western Pacific. As part of what some analyst have termed the “Finlandization” of the Western Pacific, China’s latest move was to declare an air-defense identification zone in the East China Sea requiring all military and civilian aircraft to report flight information before entering. Japan has ordered its domestic and military aircraft to ignore the requirement.
Regretfully, Japan was undercut by the Obama administration, which has told U.S. commercial carriers to comply, even though we have flown military aircraft through the zone without notifying China. The identification zone just happens to cover the disputed Senkaku Islands, which Japan has administered since 1951 as part of our World War II peace treaty and China is now claiming. Our response should be to demand that China withdraw the zone. Further, equivocation on our part will only lead to additional Chinese air-defense identification zones.
Likewise, Russia’s announced $750 billion modernization military program cannot be ignored. It will include new strategic ballistic- and cruise-missile submarines, and new fifth-generation stealth fighters as well as modernization of its strategic and theater nuclear forces. Vladimir Putin’s attempt to re-establish part of the old Soviet empire, primarily through economic blackmail, should be of serious concern. Ukraine is the key prize that Mr. Putin has forced into joining Russia’s Customs Union instead of the European Union. Even with massive street protests in Kiev, the Obama administration ignores what clearly would be a victory for the West, just as he did in ignoring the 2009 Green Revolution in Iran.
The actions the Obama administration are now pursuing are clearly jeopardizing our national security. The continued pursuit of the “zero option” along with the failure to modernize our strategic nuclear infrastructure is but one example. The crushing debt now at more than $17.2 trillion and growing at the rate of more than $1 trillion per year will fundamentally change America. It certainly will call into question our creditworthiness.
The unilateral disarmament brought about by forcing our military forces to absorb 50 percent of the sequestration cuts made no sense. Our open-border policy is another serious national-security issue. Al Qaeda jihadists are free to infiltrate our borders at will. It should be remembered that, ideologically, there is no difference between al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian theocracy. They all have the same objective; namely, to destroy America and Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood creed is instructive as it clearly states the objective is to destroy America from within. The question is, with his left-wing background, has Mr. Obama and his administration embraced the Muslim brand of fundamental change for America? If so, then this represents the greatest threat to our nation’s security.
Retired Adm. James A. Lyons was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations.
Tue, 01/07/2014 - 20:34 — cvcadmin
This afternoon, the below listed letter was hand delivered to Speaker of the House, John Boehner, it was delivered on behalf of millions of Americans, including three family members of the 4 fallen heroes of The Battle of Benghazi in Libya on September 11, 2012. The three family members who signed the letter are Charles Woods, father of SOSC Tyrone Woods, USN (Ret) (SEAL): Patricia Smith, mother of Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, (USAF/Vet); and Michael Ingmire, the uncle of Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. The full text of the letter, co-signed by 78 Patriotic Americans, demands that Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues in the House use their Constitutional powers of oversight and investigate to extract the full truth of why Hilary Clinton repeatedly turned down desperate requests for security from the personnel reporting to her, and why Barrack Obama refused to authorize the Pentagon to dispatch a rescue mission to save Americans who were frantically begging for their lives over an 8 hour period, when help was only 480 miles away in Aviona, Italy; it was only a 90 minutes of flight for the US Air Force F-16s jet fighters positioned on the tarmac and ready for launch.
We ask each of you who receive this E-mail, to consider forwarding it to multiple press outlets in your area, we also ask that you request that your Congressional Representative join the 166 Congressman who are currently demanding that the Speaker appoint a House Select Investigative Committee on The Battle of Benghazi (218 Congressional votes are required to force Boehner’s to act), and we further ask that you forward the below listed letter to those in your address book who would take action on their own to put pressure on the Republican leadership of the House to establish a House Select Investigative Committee on The Battle of Benghazi. A House Select Investigative Committee on The Battle of Benghazi is necessary because the 5 Standing House Committees holding hearings on Benghazi cannot subpoena classified intelligence; Obama and Hillary have had all information classified in their sinister cover up. Speaker Boehner is well aware that the 5 Congressional committees can’t get access to the information, and is complicit in the cover up. The four Americans sent into “Harm’s Way” by Hillary Clinton were unnecessarily killed because (1) Hillary Clinton ignored 8 desperate requests for additional security sent to her “directly” by the US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, from March 28th to September 3rd (in some cases he begged her for protection in personal phone calls) and (2) because Barrack Obama “refused” to issue orders for “Cross Border Authority”, which prevented the Pentagon from launching a rescue mission to save the lives of the 4 Americans who were killed by 125-150 Al Q’ieda Terrorists in a preplanned and rehearsed commando attack with truck mounted artillery and heavy weapons.
The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen, intentionally eliminated those two above numbered gross failures on the part of Obama and Clinton from his 39 page Accountability Review Board (ARB) Report, and he also covered up the fact that military support was available 480 miles away in Aviona, Italy, within several hours of Benghazi, in his ARB Report, and by so doing, he is also complicit in the “cover up” that was initiated by Obama and Hillary Clinton, 14 months ago, when Susan Rice lied on 5 Sunday TV Network shows by repeatedly saying it was a peaceful demonstration against a YouTube video that went bad (after careful investigation of all transmissions on Social Media in the Middle East on 9/11/12, it was determined there was no mention of any YouTube video). The 8 hours of video taken during the attack by the Air Force Arial drone dispatched by Africa Command and the videos taken from the wall of the US Mission, which Obama refuses to release to congress to review, will easily prove that there was no demonstration against a YouTube video.
The FBI has identified 29 of the Al Q’ieda affiliated terrorists who killed the 4 Americans; some of them, including the leader, can be seen on many days peacefully drinking coffee in side walk cafes in Benghazi with other known Al Q’ieda terrorists. Yet 14 months after the attack, there has been no apprehensions or reprisals. Despite the suffering experienced by the families of the 4 murdered Americans, powerful and sinister forces in Washington are working behind the scenes muzzling the 32 witnesses who were on the ground in Benghazi during the attack, and threatening them thru their supervisors with prosecution and loss of their retirement benefits if they testify before Congress. The 32 witnesses want to testify because their lives were saved by the heroism of SOCS Tyrone Woods, USN (Ret) (SEAL) and SO1 Glen Dougherty, USN (SEAL).
“To the living we owe respect. To the dead we owe the truth.” –Voltaire
January 6, 2014
The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
The Capitol, H-232
Washington, D.C., 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner,
We write to express our grave concern over the failure of your House of Representatives to extract the truth from the Obama administration concerning the attack on our diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi, Libya; and, the brutal deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stephens, U.S. Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and security officers Ty Woods and Glen Doherty.
To date, five (5) different committees of the House have conducted separate hearings, uncovering information in a piecemeal fashion lacking professional investigators. The five committees’ efforts are disjointed and uncoordinated. The Obama administration has benefited from that dysfunctional process to hide the truth. Hardly any Obama administration witnesses have testified – publicly or privately. You have resisted repeated calls for the creation of a select investigative committee with subpoena authority. It appears that you are satisfied to allow that state of investigative incoherence and ambiguity to continue. The last public hearing by any of the five committees was held in September – four (4) months ago. The families of the dead who fought valiantly to protect the mission and their families, the survivors, and the American people deserve better from you and your Members of Congress. They deserve the absolute truth from their government. Your failure to get the truth and hold public officials accountable increases the possibility of other repeat attacks and additional failures to defend Americans abroad.
On Sunday, December 29, 2013, the New York Times published a story concerning the Benghazi attacks that directly contradicts the sworn testimony of witnesses who appeared before various committees. Besides the obvious New York Times editorial and political objectives of inoculating Hillary Clinton and her 2016 presidential campaign from further criticism of her failures as Secretary of State, the story contradicts objective truth and established facts in a way that confuses the public. Your inaction and failure to lead on the Benghazi investigation directly contributes to the repetition of lies; a lack of accountability from responsible government officials; and the political advancement of persons who seek to continue to “fundamentally transform” the Constitution and our country. The New York Times recent publication proves the Benghazi story is not “going away.”
Your oversight of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation has been without any meaningful effect or result. Not a single terrorist in this well-planned and executed military attack by radical Islamists has been apprehended. Ahmed Abu Khattala, a ringleader of the attack, granted long interviews to reporters in Benghazi cafes, while the Obama administration – and you – have done nothing. Nearly 16 months after the terrorist attack, the American public has no accountability and no plan of action from House leadership. The public is subjected to undisputed disinformation from a White House who calls the terror attack a “phony scandal.” While the White House repeats false and misleading information, you continue to ignore claims, documented by Rep. Frank Wolf, of intelligence officers being intimidated with multiple, punitive polygraph examinations and harassing non-disclosure agreement demands. If Benghazi is “phony” why are intelligence officers being threatened not to speak and subjected to polygraph exams? Why do you stand by passively?
Some analysts believe your inaction and passivity towards getting to the truth concerning Benghazi is because you were briefed on the intelligence and special operations activities in Libya as a member of the “Super 8.” You may possess “guilty knowledge.” We recall how then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi developed a form of “amnesia” concerning a documented briefing she received on so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” – later termed “torture” for political purposes. Are you in the same position as your predecessor? Are you dodging a legitimate, thorough, coordinated investigation of Benghazi because it will damage your political position as Speaker?
You should be embarrassed that members of Congress, and your own party, are forced to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with Obama administration agencies to get basic information about the Benghazi issue. What a sad and pathetic statement about the operations of House standing committees looking into this tragedy that FOIA has become the last resort of even Republican Members seeking the truth! Are you concerned that the scattershot and untimely efforts of the various committees may actually be doing more harm than good at documenting facts? These are all examples of Republican leadership failures. How are you accountable?
Rep. Mike Rogers and the Intelligence Committee seem to act as defense counsel for the Obama administration. A recent Intelligence Committee weekly update note stated as fact that no arms shipments were being run from Libya, and that no intelligence officers were being coerced not to speak. There is substantial evidence to the contrary on both counts. Why does Rep. Rogers parrot the discredited falsehoods of the so-called “Accountability Review Board” (ARB)? Conflicting accounts, testimony and evidence need to be investigated – not dismissed or ignored. Don’t those contradictions and questions compel you, on behalf of the American people, to take any action to resolve the matter and get to the truth?
Aren’t you concerned that General Carter Ham was suddenly and prematurely recalled from AFRICOM, and then made statements at the Aspen Institute that directly contradicted the Obama administration’s position on the nature of the attack in Benghazi? Why has General Ham not testified publicly before one of the House committees?
The New York Times story reports that the CIA was, in fact, collecting weapons in Benghazi. If true, why was the CIA running a separate, parallel weapons program from the State Department’s $40 million collection effort? Where did the CIA-purchased weapons go? Is the Obama administration arming al Qaeda affiliated jihadists in Syria?
If you wished, you could have publicly engaged Rep. Devin Nunes concerning his November 6, 2013 letter to you, addressing the nine unanswered questions about Benghazi. Instead, there was thundering silence from your office. You have an opportunity to show strong leadership and resolve a national disgrace perpetrated by specific public officials. You are failing.
Your reluctance to lead and resistance to create a Select Committee on Benghazi must end. More than 75% of all House Republicans – with the conspicuous absence of those in leadership or committee chairmen – have cosponsored Rep. Wolf’s Select Committee bill. Few bills in this Congress demonstrate such overwhelming support from Republicans. Additionally, the bill enjoys the support of national security advocacy groups, and the Wall Street Journal editorial board, among many others.
We urge you to bring the bill to the floor for a vote immediately to start effective oversight on this critical national security matter immediately. We have waited long enough. Your approach is not working.
Mr. Speaker, we call upon you to act now and create a Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate all aspects of the United States involvement in Libya, to include, but not be limited to the attacks of September 11, 2012. It must now also include the protracted cover-up the American people, the families of the fallen and those with loved ones serving overseas have endured. The new committee must have subpoena power, capable staff and Members from both parties who are committed to finding the truth, not playing politics. The Committee must be staffed with new, professional, qualified and experienced investigators. It must have resources to conduct a thorough, comprehensive investigation and issue an exhaustive report before this Congress adjourns.
(Titles for identification purposes only)
Charles Woods, Father of Ty Woods
Pat Smith, Mother of Sean Smith
Michael Ingmire, Musician/Writer, Uncle to Sean Smith
Adm. Jerome L. Johnson, USN Ret., former Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Lt. Gen. E.G. “Buck” Shuler, Jr., USAF, (Ret)
Lt. Gen. Richard D. Lawrence, USA (Ret)
LTG William G. Boykin, USA (Ret)
Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, USA Ret, Chairman, Stand Up America
Maj. Gen. Carroll D. Childers, USA (Ret), Ranger
Maj. Gen. Thomas F. Cole, USA (Ret)
Maj. Gen. Richard M. Cooke, USMC (Ret)
Amb. Henry F. Cooper, Former Director, Strategic Defense Initiative
LTC Allen B. West (US Army, Ret) former Congressman, FL
Capt Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62, USN (Ret), Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC
Debra Burlingame, Co-founder, 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America
Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness
Dick Brauer, Col, USAF (Ret), Special Operation Speaks
Tom Fitton, President, Judicial Watch
Allen Roth, Secure America Now
Joel A. Arends, Veterans for a Strong America
Ginni Thomas, President, Liberty Consulting
Catherine Engelbrecht, President, True the Vote
Anita MonCrief, Black Voters Alliance
David Wallace, Restore America's Mission
Dr. James Pollock, Maj., USAF (Ret), OIF VETx2, SOCOM, Wounded Warrior Congressional Advocate
John J. Molloy, Chairman, National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition
James C. Harding, Col USAF (Ret) National Spokesman for Veteran Defenders of America
Diane M. Sendlenski, Veteran US Air Force, Special Operations Speaks Coordinator
John G. B. Howland, Publisher, USNA-At-Large
Katherine Cornell Gorka, Executive Director, The Westminster Institute
Paul Caprio, Executive Director, Family Pac Federal
William L. Walton, Chairman, Rappahannock Ventures LLC
Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Affairs, American Family Association
David Horowitz, President, Freedom Center
Peter Thomas, Chairman, The Conservative Caucus
Rear Adm. Hugh P. Scott, MC, USN (Ret)
Rear Adm. Bill McDaniel, USN (Ret)
Rear Adm. John A. Moriarty, USN, (Ret)
Rear Adm. Robert B. McClinton, USN (Ret)
Rear Adm. Don G. Primeau, USN (Ret)
Brig. Gen. Michael Neil, USMCR (Ret)
Brig. Gen. Francis Hughes, USA (Ret)
Brig. Gen. John Zierdt, Jr., USA (Ret)
Brig. Gen. Michael T. Byrnes, USA (Ret)
Brig. Gen. William A. Bloomer, USMC (Ret)
Captain Kenneth Rauch, USN (Ret)
Captain Peter A. Hewett, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Ret)
Captain James Knight, USN (Ret)
Captain Roger W. Barnett, USN (Ret)
Captain Gregory Streeter, USN (Ret) USNA ’58
Col. G. Huntington Banister, USA (Ret), and former Acting Director, Selective Service System, 1994
Col. S. Badiner, USMC (Ret)
Col. Gregory G. Raths, USMC (Ret)
Col. Joseph V. Potter, USAF (Ret)
Col. Rob Maness, USAF (Ret), U.S. Senate Candidate 2014, R-Louisiana
Dan Bongino, 2012 Republican Nominee for US Senate, MD
Lt. Col. Ken Benway, USA (Ret)
Lt. Col. Dennis B. Haney, USAF (Ret)
CDR Randolph J. Horhutz, USNA '61, SC, USN (Ret)
Everett Woolum, CMSGT, USAF (Ret)
Gregory J. Rose, USNA '73
Thomas Corboy, USNA, ‘61
Anthony R. Papandrea, USNA ‘61
Raymond H. Clary, Jr., USNA ‘65
John W. Slagle, U.S. Navy Aviation veteran (Ret) Special Agent U.S.B.P. Anti-Smuggling Unit
Sarah Folger White, Former Presidential Commissioner
Dick and Patricia Schermerhorn, Appleton, WI
Lee Boyland, Author, former military officer, entrepreneur, nuclear engineer
Susan Creed Percy, Advocate for Military Families
Dave Hollenbeck, retired CA Highway Patrol
Paul F. Wirtz, Military family, OH resident
John Lillywhite, U.S. Citizen
Gene Andrews, U. S. Citizen
Mrs. Nancy Olbert, Supervisor Criminal Advocates, Daytona, FL State Attorney Office
Dr. Frank Ingels, Military Defense Consultant, MSIC/TETRA Office
Robert M. Trent, Senior Special Agent, USINS and former Marine and Vietnam combat veteran
Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Christians for a Sustainable Economy; OH resident
Mon, 01/06/2014 - 03:39 — cvcadmin
In 1997 Orson Swindle was appointed as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission and remained in that position until 2005.
The Honorable Orson Swindle is reminding the American people that the Federal Trade Commission is the federal government’s principal Law Enforcement Agency for enforcing antitrust and consumer protection laws. The FTC deals with mergers and acquisition; with fraudulent, deceptive, & illegal business practices, and information system privacy & security. In the below listed article, former Commissioner Swindle outlines a number of illegal aspects, in the Obama Health Care Web site’s (http://Healthcare.gov ), and how the Obama administration has been promoting the Obama Healthcare Law; he points out how the Web site runs afoul of Federal Regulations of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau(CFPB). The fraudulent practices by the Obama administration on its Web site tends to mislead the reader on pricing, the Obama administration has also promoted false “representations, omissions, and practices that will also most likely mislead the consumer”. It seems that the Web site was designed to bait and switch information, which is an “illegal sales practice.” The “untruths and misleading facts” that were continually promised by Barrack Obama to the American people and were on the Web site, were repeated by Obama 34 times over a 3 year period, when he said, “If you like your health care, you can keep it.”; it was recently revealed, that Obama knew he was repeating those same “lies”, 34 times, because the goal of the new law was to force the American consumers to get off the existing health insurance plans they already had, in order to force them to subscribe to the flawed Obama Healthcare plans. Obama continued to promise the American people with false provisions of the flawed Health Care Bill that were untrue, like “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”; and he always knew they were untrue. It the same practices were followed by any private US corporation in the United States, employing the same lies in their promotions, that Obama used, the FTC would have ensured those private US corporation would have lost their license to conduct business in the United States. Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s gross violations of FTC’s and CFPB’s Federal Regulations are being ignored by the US Attorney General and the Democratically controlled Senate, whose members continue to permit the occupant of the Oval Office to disregard Federal Laws, Federal Regulations, and provisions of the US Constitution with impunity. We are appreciative of the fact that Orson Swindle has pointed out further violations of Federal Laws and Federal Regulations by the occupant of the Oval Office in the below listed article (Orson Swindle’s impressive background follows).
Lt Col Orson Swindle, III, USMC (Ret) (Vietnam POW) retired from the US Marine Corps in 1979, and his military career is one of extraordinary triumph. On November 11, 19666, he was serving as a US Marine Corps aviator in South Vietnam flying his 205th mission, on what was to be his final combat mission, when he was shot down, captured by the North Vietnamese, and held as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi for six years and four months. On March 4, 1973, Lt Col Swindle was released from captivity at the conclusion of America’s involvement in the Vietnamese War. For valor in combat, he was awarded with more than twenty military decorations, including two Silver Star Medals, two Bronze Star Medals, two Legions of Merit Medals, thirteen Air Medals, and two Purple Heart Medals. From 1981 to 1989 Mr Swindle served in the Reagan Administration, where he directed financial assistance programs to economically-distressed rural and municipal areas of the country. As the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development he managed the Department of Commerce’s national economic development initiatives, directing seven offices across the country. In 1993, Orson Swindle worked with former Cabinet Secretaries Jack Kemp and William Bennett, former Congressman Vin Weber, and Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick to form Empower America. He was the Republican candidate for Congress in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District in 1994 and 1996. Lt Col Orson Swindle was a former roommate of Senator John McCain’s in the Hanoi Hilton prison in North Vietnam, they became close personal friends, and Orson was intimately involved as one of the leaders in the national campaign in Senator McCain’s 2008 run as the Republican Party’s nominee for the office of the Presidency.
NOVEMBER 15, 2013 12:00 AM
The FTC has rules about deceptive advertising. But they don’t apply to the government.
Conservatives often argue that the federal government should function more like a private business. Obamacare supporters should be grateful it does not, because otherwise HealthCare.gov would almost certainly run afoul of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as of the recently established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Orson Swindle, who served as an FTC commissioner from 1997 to 2005, says there are a number of practices that, if HealthCare.gov were a private entity, would result in its being “taken to the shed and horsewhipped” by government regulators.
President Obama’s oft-repeated falsehood, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” — something the administration knew was untrue — would almost certainly be a textbook case of deceptive advertising, punishable under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits “unfair or deceptive acts or practice in or affecting commerce.” This includes a “representation, omission or practice that is likely to mislead the consumer,” such that the consumer would be “likely to have chosen differently but for the deception.”
Other examples of potentially deceptive practices include the apparently deliberate decision to withhold information from HealthCare.gov visitors as to the actual prices of the policies offered via the exchanges. In fact, users aren’t told how much those policies will cost until after they have created an account, which requires giving a slew of personal and financial information.
Additionally, a recent CBS News investigation found that HealthCare.gov contains a pricing feature that tends to “dramatically underestimate” the cost of insurance. The website’s “shop and browse” feature divides users into two broad age categories: “49 or under” and “50 or older.” Price estimates for the first age group are based on what a 27-year-old could expect to pay, whereas as the latter group’s price estimates are based on what a 50-year-old would pay, a practice that inevitably produces wildly misleading results for individuals significantly older than the base age. In some cases, actual premiums are nearly double the projected amount. In the words of one industry expert, the feature is “incredibly misleading for people that are trying to get a sense of what they’re paying.”
The FTC requires companies to provide essentially every possible form of information about a given product up front, prior to the point of purchase. Private companies engaged in HealthCare.gov’s kind of behavior would face severe consequences, Swindle tells National Review Online. “Businessmen would lose their businesses, salesmen would lose their licenses — that’s the kind of thing we are talking about here,” he says. “The bottom line is that no private entity would be allowed to get away with what the Obama administration is trying to get away with.”
Perhaps the most significant grievance the FTC, the CFPB, and, potentially, the Department of Justice (DOJ) would have with a private corporation following HealthCare.gov’s practices would be its apparent disregard for the security of sensitive personal information shared by users. The website, which has been targeted by a series of attempted cyber attacks, initially contained a serious flaw that left user accounts and personal information vulnerable to hackers.
Representative Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) gave Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a dressing down at a congressional hearing two weeks ago, noting that HealthCare.gov was operating with a “completely unacceptable level of security” and that the administration had known this yet had directed people to the site anyway without warning.
According to an internal memo at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the administration had “only partly completed” a full assessment of the website’s security features ahead of the October 1 launch of the exchanges. The potential lack of security was determined to be “a risk that must be accepted” in order to meet that deadline.
“You accepted a risk on behalf of every user of this [website] that put their personal financial information at risk,” Rogers told Sibelius, “because you did not even have the most basic end-to-end test on security of this system. Amazon would never do this; ProFlowers would never do this; Kayak would never do this.”
One reason they wouldn’t is that, if any of these companies had done this, they would almost certainly have faced serious legal action under Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits endangering consumers by “failing to maintain security for sensitive consumer information.” The FTC has pursued such action on 32 occasions since May 2011. “When companies tell consumers they will safeguard their personal information,” the commission notes on its website, “the FTC can and does take law enforcement action to make sure that companies live up to these promises.” Swindle suggests that a violation like that of HealthCare.gov could even warrant a referral to the DOJ for criminal charges.
Heather R. Higgins, president and CEO of Independent Women’s Voice, and founder of the Repeal Coalition, recently wrote on National Review Online that the GOP’s anti-Obamacare strategy should include demanding “that the standards that apply in the private sector to protect consumers against fraud, including bait-and-switch and determinations of liability, will apply to the government’s efforts as well.”
The federal government isn’t typically held to such standards; in fact, it’s somewhat frightening the extent to which it is able get away with behavior that would be unlawful in almost any other circumstance.
— Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online.
Thu, 01/02/2014 - 21:21 — cvcadmin
One year and nearly four months after the Battle of Benghazi in Libya on 9/11/12 the American people still do not know:
Why Hillary Clinton cancelled the contract for the Ambassador Steven’s personal security detail and refused to fund a new contract?
Why 8 desperate request for additional security to Clinton by the Ambassador Stevens from March to September 3rdwas turned down by Hillary Clinton?
Why Ambassador Stevens was sent into the Al Q’ieda terrorist caldron in Benghazi on the most dangerous day of the year without proper security?
Why the live video feed of the attack taken by aerial drones and cameras on the walls of the US Mission was withheld by Hillary Clinton, and are still being withheld by Obama & Kerry? Those videos will prove there was never a demonstration against a YouTube video.
Why Susan Rice went on 5 Sunday TV Talk Shows and falsely stated the attack by 125 to 150 Al Q’ieda terrorist in a well-coordinated commando style well-rehearsed military attack employing truck mounted artillery, mortars, RPGs, NATO Assault rifles, hand grenades, machine guns, and rifles against the US Mission was the result of a demonstration against a YouTube video that went bad? People do not go to a peaceful demonstration with all those weapons.
Why 2 weeks after all US Intelligence agencies informed Obama that the attack on the US Mission was by 125 to 150 Al Q’ieda Terrorists, Obama made a speech to the world at the UN, and restated the Susan Rice’s falsehood that the attack against the US Mission on 9/11/12 was the result of a demonstration against a YouTube video that went bad?
Why 32 US witnesses who were on the ground during the attack and were saved by two Navy SEALs, have been muzzled by Obama and Clinton, and threatened by their supervisors with the loss of their retirement benefits and possible prosecution, if they testified before Congress, for revealing classified information.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen was appointed by Obama as the Vice Chairman of the Accountability Review Board (ARB), to investigate what transpired in Benghazi on 9/11/2012, when the US Mission and the CIA Annex came under attack. Mullen’s ARB Report eliminated the fact, that Obama’s failure to issue “Cross Border Authority” prevented the Pentagon from being able to dispatch a military rescue missions. Mullen’s ARB Report also eliminated the fact that there were military assets on the tarmac ready for deployment, approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours away from Benghazi, in Sigonella & Aviona (480 miles away), Italy, and West Africa, and that Obama’s failure to authorize “Cross Border Authority” resulted in the death of two Navy SEALs who were killed 7 hours and 31 minutes after the attack was initiated on the US Mission by Al Q’ieda . Eliminating those facts from the ARB Report by Mullen, perpetrated the cover up what many members in the US Armed Forces, many Veterans Groups, and many members of Congress believe was Obama’s “Dereliction of Duty.”
Why the New York Times, continues to perpetrate the cover up, by its publication of a false story full of untruths written by David D. Kirkpatrick on December 28, 2013 about the Battle of Benghazi. That story tried to give Obama and Hillary Clinton cover by blurring the well known facts previously presented by Democrats members of the US House Intelligence Committee, presented to Congress and Obama by multiple US Intelligence Agencies, released to the world in many reports by foreign Intelligence Agencies, testified to in recent sworn testimony by American witnesses who were on the ground in Benghazi who witnessed the attack, and documented in the aerial videos taken for 8 hours during the attack that Obama refuses to release.
If you click on the below listed link you will be able to listen to the audio recording of a speech given by Capt John at the Bali Hai on Shelter Island in San Diego on December 16, 2013 at the annual Christmas meeting of the non-partisan Women Volunteers In Politics organization, revealing new details on the Battle of Benghazi testified to by witnesses who watched the attack in Benghazi, in their recent Congressional testimony
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