MAY 28, 2013 8:09AM PST
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have had their privacy rights violated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who calls the targeted vets “suspected terrorist”.
What a nice way to thank those who fought tirelessly for our country… Good grief.
The Department of Homeland Security and FBI have been monitoring white supremacists and “militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups” for terrorist activities since 2009. Somehow, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have fallen into these closely-watched groups, on the grounds that they are possible terrorists.
This is all done through a program called “Operation Vigilant Eagle”. When the program began, it caused some controversy but was quickly forgotten and dropped by the mainstream media. Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security secretary told NBC in an interview, “This is an assessment of things just to be wary of, not to infringe on constitutional rights, certainly not to malign our veterans.”
In February 2009 (shortly after Obama’s inauguration), a Vigilant Eagle memo was put out, saying the purpose of the program was to “share information regarding Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans whose involvement in white supremacy and/or militia sovereign citizen extremist groups poses a domestic terrorism threat.”
Since President Obama stepped into office, the DHS has issued several reports about a “wave of terrorism” by Republicans – these reports have targeted all levels of conservatives from off-duty cops to Tea Party members. Vigilant Eagle is merely an unjust expression of these partisan preferences within the DHS.
Brandon Raub, a Marine vet, was arrested last year by FBI and Secret Service agents. He was then held for a week at a psychiatric facility… All because the vet complained about the government in blogs and on Facebook.
Then I guess I should be taken away too — I’ve made blogging about the government my fulltime job!
One of Raub’s “questionable” posts read, “The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them.”
Wow, I really feel like I’m in imminent danger after reading that…
Raub was finally released when a judge decided that the case against him was “devoid of any factual allegations.” Gee, really took a genius to figure that out. It is crystal clear that Raub’s arrest was Operation Vigilant Eagle’s attempt to stop him from criticizing the government.
Since his release, Raub has been contacted by numerous other veterans with similar stories.
The Obama Administration has managed to criminalize those in our society who should instead be honored as heros: our veterans. We cannot let this administration continue to steal freedom from our vets. Something must be done to stop this, and someone must be held accountable — are you listening, Janet Napolitano?
AUTHOR Kristin Tate
In the past 48 hours, the following companies have all announced layoffs in the USA:
- Research in Motion Ltd.
- Lightyear Network Solutions
- Providence Journal
- Hawker Beechcraft
- CVPH Medical Center
- US Cellular
- Momentive Performance Materials
- Brake Parts
- Gameforge Berlin
- Vestas Wind Systems
- SRA International
- Majestic Star Casino and Hotel
- Center for Hospice NY
- Lower Bucks Hospital
- Oce North America
- United Blood Services Gulf
- Atlantic Lottery Corporation
- Welch Allyn
- Dana Holding
- Boston Scientific
- Smith & Nephew
- Abbott Labs
- Kinetic Concepts
- St. Jude
- Hill Rom
- Darden Restaurants
- Umatilla Chemical
The latest executive order by Obama was created in the name of "Iran sanctions" but it gives him the authority to seize Americans' bank accounts WITHOUT the ability to sue.
I am worried about this EO for two reasons:
- Money used to fund terrorism should be frozen but innocent persons should also have the right to defend themselves and get their money back.
- The loose definition of "sanctioned person" worries me.
The term used in the EO via Whitehouse.gov is "sanctioned person".
(iv) with respect to section 6(a)(8) of ISA, block all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that come within the United States, or that are or come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any foreign branch, of the sanctioned person, and provide that such property and interests in property may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.
According to The New American:
The order says that if an individual is declared by the president, the secretary of state, or the secretary of the treasury to be a “sanctioned person,” he (or she) will be unable to obtain access to his accounts, will be unable to process any loans (or make them), or move them to any other financial institution inside or outside the United States. In other words, his financial resources will have successfully been completely frozen. The EO expands its authority by making him unable to use any third party such as “a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, subgroup or other organization” that might wish to help him or allow him to obtain access to his funds.
And if the individual so “sanctioned” decides that the ruling is unfair, he isn't allowed to sue. In two words, the individual has successfully been robbed blind.
We as Americans have lost 4 brave souls in Benghazi, Libya as a direct result of Barack Obama's failed Foreign Policy. News portals from around the world will soon know the truth about Benghazi, and how the leader of the free world, the President of the United States of America, left four Americans to die! All while needlessly, and continuously denying their requests for additional security to help keep them ALIVE!
In new reports just out today, Ambassador Stevens was reporting that Al Qaeda flags were being flown over Libyan Gov't buildings, and that the insurgents were gathering weapons like RPG's in large quantities.
Ambassador Stevens, on numerous occasions requested more security due to the rising threat level in the area, but yet again, he was betrayed by his own government and left to die like a dog in the streets of Libya!
When you see and read the reports our Ambassador was sending to the State Dept about the growing threats around them and how they were begging for more help, and then look back at what the Obama administration was saying and doing during that same time frame, it's almost criminal that this lowlife we call President doesn't go to jail for this!
It's the total failure of Obama's Foreign Policy. He can't keep our people safe (after all, it is his number one job) and he's a disgrace to our great nation. Please folks, really think about it before you vote.
Wake up America!
Top 10 Broken Promises
Obama created a fund, but it failed to meet its own benchmarks for helping homeowners. A special inspector general deemed the program "a colossal failure."
In 2010, Obama agreed to a deal with Republicans to extend the current tax rates for another two years. He will get another shot at keeping this promise if he wins re-election.
Obama has consistently said he wants the facility closed, but he hasn’t found a way to get Congress to agree. Guantanamo Bay remains open.
A bill for cap-and-trade passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009, but the Senate wouldn’t bite. Now Republicans control Congress, and it’s considered dead.
This didn’t get done when Democrats controlled Congress, and now it looks as if it won’t get done at all, thanks to Republican opposition.
The White House dropped this pledge as it lured drug makers to get on board with the president’s health care law. The promise hasn’t been heard from since.
Candidate Obama said one of the first things he wanted to do was sign abortion rights legislation. President Obama said he had other priorities and wanted to tamp down anger surrounding the issue.
Congress rejected the idea for a public health insurance option open to everyone. Obama downplayed the fact that it was left out of the final version of the health care law.
Obama said he would introduce legislation that included a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. But other priorities -- health care and financial regulation -- seemed to run out the clock.
On matters large and small, partisanship is worse than ever.
For the full list of lies and broken promises please visit this link and remind yourself why you shouldn't vote for him again:
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I encourage ALL of my fellow Americans to vote Mitt Romney for President! We must get rid of this socialist scum bag Barry Soetoro (Barack Obama) before it's too late!
We must replace him with someone like Gov. Mitt Romney! Gov. Mitt Romney has the character and integrity our country so desperately needs right now.
We need a new leader for our nation and I feel Gov. Mitt Romney is it.
Please wake up America before it's too late.
Long live Texas!
A new gun range opening this summer in Lewisville, Texas, will have two rooms available for hosting children's birthday parties. Owner David Prince tells WFAA that the Eagle Gun Range will be available for children as young as eight years old.
"The age limit is eight years old. You have to be tall enough to get above the shooting table," Prince said. "They're not gonna be left unattended. Parents are gonna be one-on-one, or if there's not enough parents we'll have range safety officers here to show them how to do it safely."
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While it may seem unusual to celebrate pairing young children with guns, it's not an entirely unique practice. Last November, an Arizona gun club hosted a day of Christmas photos, where children could post with a man dressed as Santa Claus—and semiautomatic weapons. That event reportedly drew hundreds of attendees.
The soon-to-open Texas gun range has reportedly been well received by locals, though some nearby residents say they oppose letting such young children handle live firearms.
"It makes me very nervous," said Dawn McMullan, who has two sons and has also worked on past gun control efforts. "I think eight year olds, developmentally, can't tell the difference between play and reality sometimes."
"And also to put it in a party or game atmosphere just seems to not respect a gun as much as we should respect guns," she said.
However, Prince said education is exactly what he has in mind by offering the range's services to budding marksmen.
"We truly believe it's a right and a privilege to shoot and to bear arms," Prince told WFAA. "But you have a responsibility to know how to do it well. It's your responsibility to know how to take care of your gun and know how to use it."
Your smartphone plus gravity equals drooping jowls and double chins?
With smartphone use leading people to tilt their head downward all too often, we could see an increase in drooping jawlines, even among the relatively young. Photo: Hill Street Studios/Blend Images/Corbis
It may be time to update that old joke about the horse walking into a bar — "Why the long face?" asks the bartender — and give it a digital twist. Our growing reliance on smartphones and laptops is elongating our faces into jowly, sagging messes, according to cosmetic surgeons and other beauty pundits. They've even come up with a suitably distressing name for this phenomenon: "Smartphone face." Here's what you need to know about the alleged phenomenon:
What exactly is "smartphone face"?
Apparently coined by British cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mervyn Patterson, the term describes a combination of sagging jowls, double chins, and "marionette lines," those vertical creases that run from the corners of the mouth towards the chin. As Patterson explains to the London Evening Standard, "If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a drooping jawline." The name also works on another level; face sag becomes especially noticeable when you take photos of yourself or video-chat on your portable device.
Is this a real thing?
The surprisingly rapid rise in "chinplants" and other jaw-focused cosmetic surgery certainly is. And it wouldn't be the first time smartphones have been blamed for ruining our health, our sleep, our relationships — or even for speeding us toward our death. Still, most symptoms of smartphone face can be attributed to genetics, the natural ravages of age, and weight fluctuations. For instance, as British doctor Nick Lowe tells the London Evening Standard, "People who jog and diet lose volume from their faces and their skin can become saggy and loose, especially around the chin area."
How do you fix smartphone face?
Options include a range of cosmetic "chinterventions," says the Evening Standard's Leah Hardy. While a chin implant will typically set you back $7,000, you can also firm up your jawline with less-invasive techniques such as injections of chin-sculpting filler ($950), special Botox treatments, ($550), skin-tightening radiofrequency waves ($4,800), liposuction/laser facelifts ($4,100), or the PY Neckline Trainer ($50), a "home gym for your chin." Or, if you want to save a wad of cash, how about keeping your chin up "when you text or stare into your smartphone," says Chris Matyszczyk at CNET News. "No need to thank me. My pleasure. You look beautiful."
CLEVELAND (AP) — A fugitive on the run for more than two years was arrested on accusations that he ran a scam that collected $100 million in donations from people in dozens of states who believed they were helping U.S. Navy veterans, Ohio's attorney general and the U.S. Marshals Service announced Tuesday.
The man, who uses the false identity of Bobby Thompson, was indicted in Ohio in 2010 on theft, money laundering and other charges related to the Florida-based charity. He disappeared in June 2010. Little, if any, of the money collected by the charity was used to benefit veterans, authorities have said.
Authorities acting on a tip tracked Thompson to a bar in Portland, Ore., on Monday night, followed him home and made the arrest,Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. He had multiple fake ID cards from Canada and a backpack containing cash, DeWine said.
Thompson refused to speak to investigators, authorities said.
At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John Acosta of Portland ordered Thompson was returned to Ohio. Thompson, who limped into the courtroom, spoke often with his public defender during an hour-long hearing to set up he was the man that authorities were looking for.
DeWine said authorities hope to have the man returned within 10 days to Ohio, where he will be tried in state court in Cleveland. The alleged fraud, which DeWine called "despicable," spanned 41 states, including up to $2 million in Ohio.
People who contributed gave small amounts, ranging from $5 to $50, DeWine said. "The bulk of this was not huge contributions," he said. "But these were patriotic Americans who gave money believing that money was going to help Navy veterans."
Authorities still don't know the man's real name, but investigators uncovered information earlier this year that led them to believe he may have lived recently in New Mexico.
Ohio investigators also tracked Thompson through Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington and West Virginia.
Elliott said Thompson fled New England the day after an episode about his case aired on "America's Most Wanted" in March 2011.
The arrest closes a search dating back several years and involving a Tampa, Fla.-based charity known as the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.
The charity's former legal counsel said she long accepted Thompson's explanations for irregularities in the group's financial records, but ultimately changed her mind after flying to Tampa two years ago where Blanca Contreras, another agency official, denied her access to many records. Thompson was gone by then, Helen Mac Murray said.
"He was a very brilliant man," said Mac Murray, of New Albany in suburban Columbus. "He had an answer for any questions that popped up about any kind of irregularity."
Mac Murray said she took her concerns to the attorneys general of Ohio and Florida and the FBI in 2010 and has cooperated ever since. She says she is not a suspect of the investigation. Cleveland-based U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott confirmed her coöperation.
Mac Murray said she last saw Thompson at a board meeting in New York City in June 2010. She doesn't know what Thompson was doing in Oregon, although he had often mentioned contacts he had there and in New Mexico. She also doesn't know who he really is or what is name is.
"He lied to all of us," she said.
Contreras of Tampa, Fla., was sentenced to five years in prison last year for her role in the scam. Contreras had pleaded guilty to theft, money laundering and other charges related to allegations she handled nearly $475,000 in Ohio donations for the charity.
Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray had also investigated Thompson and had worked with the Hamilton County prosecutor's office on an arrest warrant issued from Cincinnati, where in 2003 the man set up a UPS mailbox to collect donations for the association.
Authorities say the real Thompson, a Choctaw who worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, wasn't connected to the association and had his identity, including his Social Security number and date of birth, stolen.
The association made a few sporadic contributions that benefited veterans, but public records show the man behind it contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to political candidates around the country, Cordray said in 2010. Authorities didn't know the motives for those contributions, he said.
Cordray's office froze the association's bank accounts and drop boxes and ordered it to stop operations in Ohio.
Monday night 11/14/2011
This is what ESPN failed to show you Monday night, 11/14/2011.
Apparently, they thought their commercials were more important than showing this scene for about 5 seconds.
Those who attended the game said it was extremely emotional to see the entire bowl of the stadium turn red, white and blue. It took 90 workers two weeks to get all of the colored pages mounted under each seat. Each piece of card board had eye slits in them so the fans could hold up the colored sheet and watch the game through the eye slits.