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Reader Selected News, Week May 11 – May 17

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Reader Selected News, Week May 11 – May 17”

  1. canary says:

    CIA may have warned White House prior to Benghazi attack.

    Reuters: Pressure rises on White House over Benghazi talking points

    By Jeff Mason and Mark Hosenball – May 10 2013

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration fought back on Friday against Republican accusations that it covered up details of last year’s deadly assault on a U.S. mission in Libya, after a news report that memos on the incident were edited to omit a CIA warning of a threat posed by al Qaeda.

    But the reaction to Friday’s report by those in both parties suggested that Benghazi was not fading as an issue.

    The ABC report on the emails among the White House, State Department and intelligence agencies about the attack showed the final talking points went through a series of revisions that scrubbed them of references to previous terror warnings.

    In one email exchange, the State Department’s spokeswoman at the time, Victoria Nuland, objected to including the CIA’s reference to intelligence about the threat from al Qaeda in Benghazi and eastern Libya.

    That “could be abused by members (of Congress) to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why would we want to feed that either? Concerned,” Nuland wrote in the email.

    A national security official with direct knowledge of the talking-point process said the State Department had objected to a draft produced by the CIA because it made it seem as if State had ignored previous intelligence warnings about the dangers in Benghazi.

    “It’s a tragedy, but I hate to see it turned into a pure, prolonged, political process that really doesn’t tell us anything new about the facts,” Secretary of State John Kerry, who replaced Clinton, said in a Google+ Hangout chat.

    Republican House Speaker John Boehner demanded on Thursday that the administration release emails on its handling of the attack.


    • canary says:

      John Kerry: “It’s a tragedy, but I hate to see it turned into a pure, prolonged, political process that really doesn’t tell us anything new about the facts,” Secretary of State John Kerry, who replaced Clinton, said in a Google+ Hangout chat.”

      John Kerry wouldn’t want to drag it out in protests and hearings like he did Vietnam putting in for questionable medals for a scratch on his nose, and speaking lies at hearings.

  2. canary says:

    The New York Times: Benghazi E-Mails Put White House on the Defensive

    By Mark Landler – May 10 2013


    The State Department, in particular, pushed to remove references to Al Qaeda and Ansar al-Sharia, the Libyan militant group suspected of carrying out the attack as well as warnings about other potential terrorist threats from C.I.A., which drafted the initial talking points.

    The e-mails — initially disclosed in a report last month by House Republicans that was expanded on by The Weekly Standard, the conservative magazine, and on Friday in further detail by ABC News — had the White House scrambling to provide an explanation.

    Early in the afternoon, it summoned reporters for a briefing by legal and political advisers who, under the ground rules, could not be identified.

    Officials stuck to their contention that the only wording change the White House made was to change the description of the Benghazi annex from a consulate to a diplomatic post.

    “I do stand by that,” Mr. Carney said of his statement that the White House changed only a word or two to make clear the diplomatic post in Benghazi was not referred to as a consulate.

    “The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two, of these two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility,’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate,” Mr. Carney said on Nov. 28.

    About 45 minutes later, the State Department’s spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, raised concerns with the White House and the intelligence agencies, saying the information could be “abused” by members of Congress “to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why would we want to feed that either?”

    She also believed that the C.I.A., which had more than 20 people in Benghazi on the night of the attack, was trying to absolve itself at the State Department’s expense before any investigation was completed by suggesting that repeated C.I.A. warnings about the security situation in the city were being ignored, this official said.


  3. canary says:

    First responder in Texas blast is held on pipe-bomb charge

    By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times
    May 11, 2013

    HOUSTON — A paramedic who responded to the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, last month was arrested Friday after federal investigators said they discovered he had the makings of a pipe bomb.

    It was not clear whether the arrest was connected to the April 17 explosion, which killed 14 people and injured more than 160 others in the small McLennan County town about 70 miles south of Dallas. The explosion had been investigated as an industrial accident, but officials said Friday they had started a criminal investigation.

    Reed, 31, did not enter a plea and was appointed a Waco-based lawyer, Jonathan Sibley, who did not return calls seeking comment.

    Reed was highly visible after the explosion.

    In an interview with The Times, he talked about having to notify the family about the death of a close friend and fellow first-responder, later identified as Cyrus Reed, 29, of Abbott, a volunteer firefighter he eulogized during a memorial service at Baylor University on April 25.

    He called Reed his brother and praised his service, saying he “lived a life which reflected all the virtues which I hope to one day master.”

    According to a criminal complaint by the ATF, charges were filed against Reed after the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was dispatched Tuesday to a residence about seven miles north of West in Abbott, where investigators discovered “an assortment of bomb-making components.”

    Investigators determined that the resident, who was not identified in the complaint, “had unwittingly taken possession of the components from Reed” on April 26, nine days after the massive explosion that tore through the West Fertilizer Co. plant in the town of about 2,800.

    “I find it hard to believe,” Muska said, “but I don’t know who this guy is or where he lives.”

    The state fire marshal’s investigation is expected to last another one to two weeks and has yet to determine what caused the fire and explosion.

    He had been working as a paramedic at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas since Jan. 7 but took leave April 3, according to hospital spokeswoman Kay Jackson.

    In a Facebook post before another friend’s funeral Tuesday, Reed defended himself, saying he was accepting donations to buy a house but was not trying to profit from his friend’s death or the explosion that tore apart his town and his family, leading his wife to leave him.


    Not too many paid attention to this and just a blitz report observers saw something strange just prior to the explosion. I suppose LA Times is doing a story since they are used to fire-starters.

  4. canary says:

    Friday May 10, 2013 Carny blames Obama Benghazi attack cover-up because Romney brought it up during campaign.

    and insists he nor Obama heard rumors IRS targeted conservatives until May 10, 2013 so he was not able to respond.

    Entire transcript of Carney answering questions May 10, 2013


    • captstubby says:

      i have found that the the idea way to experience a White House news brief is to close your eyes and just listen, like a old-time radio program.

      “how will our hero escape the forces of evil this time?”

      and maybe, say, someone like Tom Hanks could do

      the introduction ,

      “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of Republicans?”.

      “Jay Carny knows!”

      accompanied by an ominous laugh and a musical theme.

    • GetBackJack says:

      I heard it Klingon

      I swear

      Very confusing

    • canary says:

      Only 6 months after 9/11 Benghazi attack

      Kerry: “Let’s move on…”

      Kerry: “Let’s get this done with, folks,” Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee in his first appearance before Congress since taking office.

      Kerry: “I do not want to spend the next year coming up here talking about Benghazi.”

      Kerry: “There’s video, as you all know…You know,
      we’re going through the tedious, laborious and very difficult process of gaining evidence from a part of the country which is dangerous and working in a place where the standards are different and the expectations are different. ”

      “I will appoint somebody to work directly with you, starting tomorrow,” Kerry said. “After we do that … you will not have questions.”

      he added “”But let’s put this behind us.

      May 10, 2013 Kerry: “It’s a tragedy, but I hate to see it turned into a pure, prolonged, political process that really doesn’t tell us anything new about the facts”

      Compare to

      April 22, 1971 Kerry became the “first” Vietnam veteran to testify at hearings before Congress, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Though still in the military he violated military conduct and with long hair and wearing military green fatigues with service medals pinned on told second hand stories.

      The day after this testimony, participated in demonstration with thousands of angry vets stating

      “I’m not doing this for any violent reasons, but for peace and justice, and to try and make this country wake up once and for all.”

      June 6, 1971 John Kerry became disillusioned by the contrast between what leaders told him, and what he saw.

      Kerry: “That’s when I realized “I could never remain silent about the realities of the war” in Vietnam.”

  5. captstubby says:

    78,000 apply for private Mars colony project
    Published May 11, 2013
    Huge numbers of people on Earth are keen to leave the planet forever and seek a new life homesteading on Mars.
    About 78,000 people have applied to become Red Planet colonists with the nonprofit organization Mars One since its application process opened on April 22, officials announced Tuesday, May 7. Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2023 as the vanguard of a permanent colony, with more astronauts arriving every two years thereafter.
    “With 78,000 applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement. “These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants.” [Mars One’s Red Planet Colony Project (Gallery)]
    Mars One estimates that landing four settlers on Mars in 2023 will cost about $6 billion. The Netherlands-based organization plans to pay most of the bills by staging a global reality-TV event, with cameras documenting all phases of the mission from astronaut selection to the colonists’ first years on the Red Planet.
    The application process extends until Aug. 31. Anyone at least 18 years of age can apply, by submitting to the Mars One website a 1-minute video explaining his or her motivation to become a Red Planet settler. (You can also watch other applicants’ videos at the site.)
    Mars One charges an application fee, which ranges from $5 to $75 depending on the wealth of the applicant’s home country. United States citizens pay $38, Lansdorp said.
    When the application process closes, reviewers will pick 50 to 100 candidates from each of the 300 regions around the world that Mars One has identified. By 2015, this pool will be whittled down to a total of 28 to 40 candidates, officials said.
    This core group will be split into groups of four, which will train for their one-way Mars mission for about seven years. Finally, an audience vote will pick one of these groups to be humanity’s first visitors to the Red Planet.
    So far, Mars One has received applications from more than 120 countries, officials said. The United States leads the way with 17,324, followed by China (10,241) and the United Kingdom (3,581). Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India round out the top 10.

    well, seeing that it appears Mars has been sending us visitors for a few decades, which would explain many things, i don’t see why we don’t send them some of our Space Cadets.
    but has anyone checked the Martian Immigration Laws?

  6. canary says:


    May 10, 2013 by Madeleine Morgenstern

    Geraldo Rivera said Friday that his sources tell him the U.S. was involved in a secret mission in Libya to arm the Syrian rebels, which was the reason for the initial secrecy about the attack in Benghazi.

    “I believe, and my sources tell me, they were there to round up those shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, they were going to hand those missiles over to the Turks and the Turks were going to give them to the rebels in Syria,”

    Rivera said. “It was like Iran-Contra, I think it merits gigantic investigation, it will all become clear.”


    What an overnight turn-around by Geraldo Rivera who has tried to shut down a Benghazi investigation since day 1

    • canary says:

      Only problem is we already knew from Hillary Clinton US was sending US Military personnel and bombing drones to Turkey, but if shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles can be compared to giving Mexican drug cartel who chop people’s heads off assault weapons as in Fast and Furious
      it’s worth a try, except following Obama’s apology to Mexico last week for giving them guns that kill their people another reason he will try and take American’s 2nd amendment away I don’t think this administration will ever stop spitting on our own murdered Border Patrol agents and U.S. Officials and Personnel slaughtered by their own incompetence and neglect. Turkey is not a friend of the US., but it seems both parties want to call hostile countries to the US our friends.

  7. canary says:

    Terrorist sympathizer aids the Uncle of Boston Bomber in driving and burying corpse in Virginia

    Reuters: Virginia deserved notice on bomb suspect burial: funeral director

    Ross Kerber – 5/11/2013

    BOSTON (Reuters) – Local officials in Virginia should have been told before the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was interred there, said the funeral director who handled his remains.

    On Friday, an official death certificate released by Menino’s office showed that Tsarnaev had been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, near Richmond.

    Stefan said Tsarnaev’s body was transported to Virginia in a van driven by his uncle, Ruslan Tsarni.

    A Richmond woman, Martha Mullen, told the Boston Globe she helped arrange for the burial after hearing media reports of the controversy and protests outside the Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    “Jesus says love our enemies,” Mullen told the newspaper, adding that the protests “portrayed America at its worst.”

    While he said local officials in Virginia should have been told that Tsarnaev’s body was being taken there, Stefan said rules limited what he himself could say until after the death certificate was made public.


  8. captstubby says:

    Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe
    By MARK SHERMAN | Associated Press –
    A federal judge on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 ordered an Internet news clipping service to stop reselling stories from The Associated Press, saying the ability of news organizations to perform an “essential function of democracy” was jeopardized when a company is allowed to “free ride” on the costly work of others. Pruitt said the ruling was important for the AP and “others in the news business who work so hard to provide high-quality original news reports on which the public relies.”
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

    February 27, 1968,

    Upon hearing Cronkite’s pessimistic assessment, Johnson is said to have snapped off the television set and muttered to an aide, or aides:
    “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost the American people.”

    “if i loose AP …”

    GOETTERDAEMMERUNG in the Führerbunker.

  9. canary says:

    Fox: AP: Obama Justice Department Secretly Obtained AP Phone Records

    Associated Press – May 13, 2013

    The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

    The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

    In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

    “This is obviously disturbing. Coming within a week of revelations that the White House lied to the American people about the Benghazi attacks and the IRS targeted conservative Americans for their political beliefs, …”

    Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/justice-department/2013/05/13/obama-justice-department-secretly-obtained-ap-phone-records#ixzz2TDTPZMEu

  10. captstubby says:

    Obama Administration Under Siege From 3 Huge Scandals
    By Buck Sexton | The Blaze

    As the country was still reeling from the gut-wrenching testimony of three Benghazi whistleblowers and the IRS mea culpa, yet another log was thrown onto the bonfire of the Obama administration’s credibility. Yesterday the Associated Press broke a news story that Obama’s Justice Department collected phone data on dozens of AP reporters as part of a national security leak investigation.
    These three scandals have encircled the Obama administration. They threaten to turn the President’s second term into an ongoing partisan dogfight as the GOP pushes for answers that could trigger investigations, resignations–yes, possibly even impeachment, depending on what is found.
    And ultimately, incompetence and ignorance are poor excuses for a chief executive. The president can only claim he didn’t know what his agencies were up to so many times before someone asks the President that all important question- what would you say, you do here?


    Published in 1962
    The plot involves an unpopular president, an unpopular treaty.
    It is a story of an attempted coup in the U.S.
    a useful option today.
    maybe Jay Carny could announce;
    “What I am saying Mr.President is that there is a plot to overthrow the president of the united states. ”
    “it’s the Government’s fault.”
    “and today is Tuesday.”

  11. canary says:

    WND EXCLUSIVE: Terrorist super-axis to strike within U.S. Imminent attacks planned by al-Qaida, Quds Forces, Hezbollah

    May 14, 2013

    Iran has given the go-ahead to operatives of three terrorist groups that have infiltrated the United States to carry out missions, including what is expected to be a Mumbai-style attack on a hotel where innocent bystanders would be killed, WND has learned.

    The main operational commanders, mostly well-known terrorists, are:

    1.Gen. Soleimani, the head of the Quds Forces with full power given to him by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    8. Abu Saeed al-Mesri of al-Qaida in Latin America.

    12. Talal Hamieh, the head of the External Security Organization, strategic planning and funding for Hezbollah in Venezuela.

    He commutes directly from Venezuela to Damascus, Syria, then to Lebanon and back.

    Three targets have been chosen within America for imminent attack, and the terror teams have now cut communications with the operational center in Iran, a sign that they are moving ahead with the attacks, according to a high-level intelligence officer within the Islamic regime.

    More than 2,600 targets, including public places, government buildings and military installations, have been chosen for attack, and reconnaissance has been done.

    They include specific government buildings, news networks, malls and sports events.

    The radical regime ruling Iran has set up several channels for financial support of the new coalition with its terrorist activities. Multiple commerce, cultural and financial institutions in the U.S. are part of that network. The connection includes individuals running businesses in Damascus and its connections to al-Qaida operatives in America.

    Since 2001, more than $270 million has been invested in the expansion of mosques and Islamic centers in America by institutions in the Iranian city of Qom.

    entire article and list of terrorists at link

    That explains Ahmadinejad violating Islam and hugging Hugo Chevez’s mommy.

    The Telegraph: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s heir blocked by clerics in humiliating blow to Iranian president

    May 15 2013


    The Telegraph: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could face 74 lashes over Iran election ‘violation’

    By Phoebe Greenwood – 12 May 2013

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could face 74 lashes or six months in jail if punished to the full extent of the law for breaking electoral rules by accompanying his chief of staff to register as a candidate in Iran’s forthcoming elections.

    Footage of a smiling Mr Ahmadinejad accompanying Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei to the electoral registry was broadcast on State television on Saturday.


  12. captstubby says:

    transparent goverment and “need to know.”


    Technical information: * mlsinfo@bls.gov * http://www.bls.gov/mls

    For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Monday, May 13, 2013 USDL-13-0926

    Employers in the private nonfarm sector initiated 914 mass layoff events in the first
    quarter of 2013 that resulted in the separation of 154,374 workers from their jobs for
    at least 31 days, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the year,
    total extended mass layoff events and associated worker separations were down from
    1,294 and 246,956, respectively. Total events and separations both fell to their lowest first quarter levels on record (with first quarter data available back to 1996).

    First quarter 2013 layoff data are preliminary and are subject to revision.

    Mass Layoffs Data Discontinued
    |On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the-board spending |
    |cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and |
    |Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor |
    |Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, 5 percent of |
    |the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these |
    |savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs, including |
    |Mass Layoff Statistics, and all “measuring green jobs” products. This news release is |
    |the final publication of quarterly extended mass layoff survey data. The final release|
    |of monthly Mass Layoff Statistics data will occur on June 21st, with publication of |
    |the May 2013 data.

    The Mass Layoffs news release for April 2013 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday,
    May 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).

  13. captstubby says:

    US Jobless Claims Jump to Highest Level in 6 Weeks
    WASHINGTON May 16, 2013 (AP)
    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, the most since late March. The jump came a week after applications had reached a five-year low.
    The less volatile four-week average rose just 1,250 to 339,250, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s a level consistent with modest job gains.
    “The underlying story in jobless claims continues to be one of gradual improvement,” said Julia Coronado, an economist at BNP Paribas.
    Coronado said the small rise in applications “highlight(s) the need to take volatile weekly readings with a grain of salt.”
    Weekly applications are a proxy for layoffs. The big increase might mean companies are cutting more jobs, possibly because of steep government spending cuts that kicked in March 1.
    Applications tend to fluctuate sharply from week to week, and economists typically focus more on the four-week average. That average remains 9 percent lower than it was six months ago.
    The job market has improved over the past six months. The economy has added an average of 208,000 jobs a month since November. That’s up from only 138,000 a month in the previous six months.
    Still, much of the job gains have come from fewer layoffs — not increased hiring. Layoffs fell in January to the lowest level on records dating back 12 years and have risen only modestly since then. Overall hiring remains far below pre-recession levels.
    The unemployment rate has also fallen to a four-year low, although it remains high at 7.5 percent.
    The number of people receiving benefits fell 30,000 to 4.8 million in the week ended April 27, the latest data available. That’s down from 6.3 million a year ago. Some of those recipients have probably gotten jobs, but many have simply used up all their available benefits.
    Still, consumers appear to be shrugging off the tax hikes, helped by cheaper gas and steady job gains.

    odd how unemployment and jobs have disappeared from the WH and news
    in the campaigner in chiefs second term reign.

  14. mr_bill says:

    EPA to review claims of bias against conservatives amid fight over IRS
    By Ben Geman – 05/16/13 11:42 AM ET


    The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general will review claims the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refuses to waive public records fees for conservative groups while granting the waivers for environmental organizations…

    The action follows a May 14 report by the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) that claims the EPA waives the fees for major environmental groups more than 90 percent of the time, while often denying fee waivers for CEI, Judicial Watch and other groups.

    Perciasepe said it is not EPA’s policy “in any way, shape or form” to treat people differently when they request waiver of fees associated with FOIA requests. He said he wanted to get an “unbiased” look at the topic and the agency’s review criteria…“Even when fees are not waived under the process that currently is there, frequently there are no fees involved anyway because of the nature of the way we do it these days, electronically,” Perciasepe said…

    Just like it’s not the IRS’s [stated] policy to disclose confidential information or use that information for political intimidation. Just like it’s not the [stated] policy of the Dept. of Just-us to use their offices to infringe on Constitutionally protected rights.

    “When we take this in the context of what has just been exposed at the IRS … it seems at the EPA, the same thing is happening,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).

    Just like every other branch of nerobama’s regime, I’m sure the EPA director will discover that a few “rogue” employees were doing this “without his knowledge.” It’s all just a coincidence that so many federal agencies are “punishing [nerobama’s] enemies” just like he said they ought to do. /sarc

    Just remember everybody, as nerobama said three weeks ago: “Reject voices that warn of government tyranny.” See, nerobama said it doesn’t exist, it must be so. Who are you going to believe, The Won or your own lying eyes?

  15. captstubby says:

    Fearless leader.

    now here is a image that will strike fear to terrorists around the world.


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