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"The Jews Are The Problem, All The Problems Of The World"

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Lt. Gen. Jerry-Boykin

Gotta hand it to Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (retired), the executive vice president of the conservative Family Research Council. He doesn't mince his words, or even parse them with any sense of thinking. Or maybe he does -- and Anti-Semitism and subliminal messages from Obama to Al Qaeda are his actual beliefs.

Seems the good General had just finished speaking and didn't realize his mic was still live and everything he said was being recorded. Remind you of Romney and his 47% statements? Funny what people reveal about themselves when they don't realize they're being recorded.

The Raw Story carried this:

Boykin’s remarks were captured after an online broadcast of a panel at the National Security Action Summit. The SPLC reported that the event is held as a counter to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and features speakers who, like Boykin, have not been allowed to participate there.

So the lowest of the low, or as they prefer, the most right-leaning of the rightwing zealots, host their own convention of hate and bigotry. In observing CPAC, it's hard to believe there is anyone more rightwing  conservative than they are but, I was wrong.

Before he got to his hatred of the Jews comment, the General and spokesman for the group found time to expound on his theory that President Barack Obama is using “subliminal messages” to signal support for al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. How interesting. I just knew that Black Kenyan usurper to the throne was up to no good.

This clip was posted by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Friday.

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Gitmo's Penny Lane Marriott - A Terrorist's "Home Away From Home"

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Guantanamo Bay

Ah, the spy game. When it comes to our national security, who better than George W. Bush and his neo-cons to oversee top secret programs? You remember GW, the man who ignored warnings of a possible attack on 9-11; the chief executive who felt it more important to read to kindergarten students when told of the attack than move to defend this country; the President who ordered Air Force One to the wrong position after the terrorists attack; and the man who raged war against the wrong country for weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist. Let's face it, this dude was in over his head. But only now are we finding out the further adventures in counter-terrorism of our former leader. Seems, according to the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the early years after 9/11, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said.

The CIA promised the prisoners freedom, safety for their families and millions of dollars from the agency's secret accounts.

It was a risky gamble. Officials knew there was a chance that some prisoners might quickly spurn their deal and kill Americans.

For the CIA, that was an acceptable risk in a dangerous business. For the American public, which was never told, the program was one of the many secret trade-offs the government made on its behalf. At the same time the government used the risk of terrorism to justify imprisoning people indefinitely, it was releasing dangerous people from prison to work for the CIA.

The idea that infiltrating Al Qaeda to prevent more attacks is very sound. But how you do it takes some really well thought out assessment. And GW wasn't the guy to make that decision. Nor were his cohorts, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

So the pool of candidates was the Gitmo prisoners. Okay, maybe they were a logical place to start. But with all the torture and waterboarding going on, could these prisoners be trusted? What was to stop them from just lying and making it easier on themselves?

Candidates were ushered from the confines of prison to Penny Lane's (the cottages used for the double-agent trainees) relative hominess, officials said. The cottages had private kitchens, showers and televisions. Each had a small patio.

Some prisoners asked for and received pornography. One official said the biggest luxury in each cottage was the bed - not a military-issued cot but a real bed with a mattress.

The cottages were designed to feel more like hotel rooms than prison cells, and some CIA officials jokingly referred to them collectively as the Marriott.

Marriott Hotel

So, those were the conditions at the Gitmo Marriott. With treatment like that, I'm sure the program was a huge success -- so many volunteers that you had to beat them off with a stick -- if you weren't already beating them with a stick.

This was sure to be a successful program.

The U.S. government says it has confirmed that about 16 percent of former Guantanamo Bay detainees rejoined the fight against America. Officials suspect but have not confirmed that another 12 percent more rejoined.

That would make for a potential of roughly 3 in 10 returned to their old ways and killed American soldiers. A 70% win rate might be good in baseball or basketball, but it sure isn't in counter-intelligence. Each mistake made there could have cost hundreds of lives. But what can you expect from these hijacked soldiers, cuffed and hooded and whisked off to the balmy shores of Cuba?

Vice President Dick Cheney called the prisoners "the worst of a very bad lot." Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said they were "among the most dangerous, best trained, vicious killers on the face of the Earth."

Now isn't that a great pool of volunteers. I guess Bush and company saw something in these truly dangerous men that the outside world might find hard to see. It must be like trying to train people to have charisma or to grow taller, or develop a discerning sense for smell.

The U.S. government had such high hopes for Penny Lane that one former intelligence official recalled discussions about whether to secretly release a pair of Pakistani men into the United States on student or business visas. The hope was that they would connect with al-Qaida and lead authorities to members of a U.S. cell.

Of course. What a great plan! Finance, arm and set up the worst of the worst on American soil, setting them free to roam among us. No risk there. That's the surest way for the Al Qaeda guys in the middle east to pick up former freedom fighter ex-patriots and enlist them to run the domestic cells here. Surely nobody in the Al Qaeda hierarchy would be suspicious that these guys who were captured in Iraq, held prisoner in Guantanamo, then set free on U.S mainland soil with walking around money might have cut a deal and been secret double agents.

George W. must have thought the masterminds of the 9-11 attack would be pretty ignorant? Maybe he was looking at a group picture of his own cabinet and thought, hey, it's worked on these idiots.

So, how successful was the genius executive branch plan for counter-intelligence, code named, Penny Lane?

There's not a single shred of evidence than any of these turned double agents provided any intel that caused a disruption in any of the Iraq war plans. So much for the Republican brain trust and the neo-cons who actually ran our country and choreographed the war.

And these are the same people, the same party, that are imploring us to not seek out a peaceful solution the the nuclear potential in Iran. Let's see, trust the administration that ended the war in Iraq, is winding down the war in Afghanistan, tracked down Bin Laden, found a peaceful means of removing Syria's chemical weapons... or the people who started the war in Iraq to start with -- over faulty intelligence or just plain lies?

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Pres. Obama promises to increase intelligence support, provide new weaponry to Iraq

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back to the future

Here we go again. Hello Iraq.

It's understandable that President Obama would feel it necessary to go back to Iraq if it means eliminating or at least containing an increasingly out of control Al Qaeda, but America no longer has the stomach for it. I know I don't.

And this puts the president in the tough position of sticking to withdrawal from Iraq while feeling obligated to counter a growing problem that threatens our national security. But to put it in the simplest terms possible: Oy vey.

The Los Angeles Times has a lot more, but here are the bare bones:

Facing a deadly resurgence of Al Qaeda in Iraq, President Obama signaled Friday that he would begin increasing U.S. military support for Baghdad after five years of reducing it.... Administration officials said this would include growing intelligence support and new weaponry. [...]

And the Obama administration, despite a deep reluctance to become more entangled in the Middle East, believes it cannot afford a further strengthening of the Al Qaeda affiliate, which is also called the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant. [...]

Maliki, who had not visited the White House for two years, spent the week in Washington lobbying administration and congressional officials for more arms, intelligence help and training.

Iraqi officials said they did not ask for special forces or CIA advisors, but were not ruling out such things.

American drone strikes, carried out with the support of Maliki's government, are another option.... But Maliki's aides said Iraq could turn to other world powers if the United States turned down its request.

Back to the future...

here we go again smaller

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Gohmert and Bachmann - Stupid and Stupider?

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dumb

Dumb and Dumber was already taken.

You have to hand it to Louis Gohmert. Just when you thought he couldn't be any more out of his mind, he takes another giant leap into the land of ignorance.

He spoke on Friday at the Values Voter Summit, the tea-party group where Rafael Cruz spoke as well. After Cruz got heckled and boo'd, Gohmert took the stage. They say performers hate to  follow kids or animals because it's hard to rise above that empathy. Well, following Cruz was a challenge. But Louis was up to it.

His angle wasn't to take on Obama. Cruz did that already. He was going to take on a pillar of his own party -- the stalwart of patriotism himself, John McCain.

Yes, that John McCain. The man who is known as a war hero, a former presidential standard bearer for the GOP AND the man who made Sarah Palin a household name. According to Gohmert, 'that' John McCain is an Al Qaeda ally and supporter.

Here's Stupid, as reported by TPM:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) described Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as a guy that supported al Qaeda.

"I heard just before I came, some senator from Arizona, a guy that liked Gaddafi before he wanted to bomb him," Gohmert said. "A guy that's been to Syria and supported al Qaeda and the rebels. But he was saying today the shutdown has been a fools' errand. And I agree with him, the president and Harry Reid should not have shut this government down."

For perspective, Gohmert was referring to McCain's visit to northern Syria. During the official visit, according to McClatchy, the rebels escorting McCain were fighting fighters that supported al Qaeda.

Louis, I'll attempt to put it into terms even you'll understand... The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Oh, forget it, Louis, you're too stupid to understand.

Okay, while digesting that, look who came up next to speak to the stunned and amazed crowd... none other than Michele 'Nutcase' Bachmann. Catch this from Stupider, speaking on the Affordable Care Act and reported by MEDIAite:

“This egregious system, that will ultimately be known as ‘Deathcare’ must be defeated,” Bachmann declared. During the speech she set up a dichotomy of “police state,” symbolized by the shuttered World War II memorial during the government shutdown vs. “Constitutional republic,” represented by conservatives like her who fought to reopen it, only after directly causing the shutdown in the first place.

“When the federal government controls your health care,” Bachmann said, “they literally control life and death.” She called on conservatives to demand that President Obama “allow Obamacare to be voluntary for every American,” a move he already has said he would refuse because it would undermine the basic ability of the law to bring down insurance costs.

Well, this was some conference. The Cracker Jacks were a buck a bag, but the nuts were free.

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Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, who has served as al Qaeda spokesman, captured and brought to U.S.

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busted 3

Via a CNN email alert:

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, who has served as an al Qaeda spokesman, was captured and has been brought to the United States, two administration officials and a federal law enforcement official said today.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is being held in New York and will appear in court Friday to face federal charges, the law enforcement official said. A sealed indictment lays out charges against him, the administration officials said.

Abu Ghaith was captured within the past week in Jordan, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York.

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"Will appear in court"? Why, that's positively skeery! Why isn't he at Gitmo being deprived of due process? *sarcasm*

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Al Qaeda Offshoot Offers Camels for President Obama's Head

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Makes you wonder if they're trying to be humourous or practical. Figure a camel would would be more useful to someone living in some of those areas than U.S. cash would.

The al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia has mocked the new $33 million bounty on its top leaders heads by offering its own bounty for President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – 10 camels for Obama and 20 chickens for Clinton.

"Anyone who helps the Mujahideen find the whereabouts of Obama and Hillary Clinton will be rewarded with 10 Camels to the information leading to Obama and 10 hens and 10 cocks for Hillary," said senior Shabaab commander Fuad Mohamed Khalaf in a statement reported on numerous websites.

Earlier this week, the U.S. offered a total of $33 million through the State Department's Rewards for Justice program for information leading to the capture of seven different Shabaab leaders, including Khalaf.

The U.S. offered $7 million for founder and commander Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed, AKA Godane or Mukhtar Abu Zubeir, five million for Khalaf and three other men, and $3 million apiece for two other leaders.

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Quickie- New Bin Laden Documents Posted Online

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In case you have a few spare hours today.

With the blessing of the Obama administration, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point this morning published 17 declassified letters and documents recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The letters or draft letters—included in a report called Letters from Abbotabad: Bin Laden Sideline-- total 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011. The originials and translations can are now available on the CTC website.

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