Asking the right questions is the key to getting answers

A blog called “The Foundry”, part of the Heritage Network, has a post asking what we still don’t know about Benghazi – http://blog.heritage.org/2013/03/14/morning-bell-what-we-still-dont-know-about-benghazi/.

The panel of experts at the Heritage has come up with these four questions still to be answered by the Obama Administration.

1.Which counterterrorism and early-warning measures were in place to address security threats?
2.Which risk assessments were performed and which risk-mitigation measures were adopted before the attack?
3.What kind of contingency planning was undertaken and exercised to respond to armed assaults against U.S. facilities in Benghazi?
4.How was the interagency response to the incident organized and managed?

I can answer all four quite easily. It was a “special mission”, not a State Dept. diplomatic facility, and it was put in place to cover for the nearby CIA “annex” and its associated covert activities. Not really too difficult to surmise. Keeping a low-profile was paramount to the operation thus normal security protocols went by the wayside. Only question four is valid.

Instead, why don’t we ask these four pertinent questions.

1. Why won’t the Obama Administration release the identities of the survivors and make them available to testify in front of Congress? If national security concerns take priority over the names, agencies or organizations they work for, or other security clearance issues, it can easily be arranged to have them testify to a closed committee hearing.

2. Why won’t the Commander-in-Chief, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff, disclose the operational status of any and all potential responses we had available during the attacks and give the reasons for not using them? Again, confidentiality would come into play here as we would never release publicly intel concerning our operational readiness, but the oversight committees have members with proper clearances to view such a report.

3. What was the purpose of the “special mission” and the co-located CIA “annex”? Unfortunately, the answers to these questions wouldn’t be released publicly over national security concerns, but at a minimum Congressional oversight could be enacted.

4. Why hasn’t a single person been held accountable for Benghazi? Seems the best we could do was to put some State Dept. employees on paid leave. Not exactly justice for four dead Americans and an unknown number of wounded.

There are certainly more than four questions to be answered here, however, to this point we haven’t received a clear answer to any issue concerning Benghazi. Even the e-mail releases concerning who concocted and approved the video cover-up were so heavily redacted they were of no value.

It appears that we still have the Obama Administration waiting it out hoping that interest will wane and Benghazi will just wither away and die. Anyone taking any bets on an upcoming false-flag event to further put Benghazi on the back-burner?

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Congress Declared War on Sept. 14, 2001 by Mainstream Media by Michael S. Rozeff

I came across this article that supports what I’ve been stating about the Rand Paul filibuster. The right has been promoting the filibuster as having accomplished a concession by the Obama Administration, or at least it’s seen as a step in the right direction. There was no concession whatsoever. Paul should have used his filibuster platform to call out his fellow members of Congress for not repealing or at least modifying the AUMF. Until the right acknowledges who is really to blame for allowing the President complete latitude on who is an enemy combatant and how they are dealt with, there will be no resolution on American citizens rights in an open-ended global war on terror.

Congress Declared War on Sept. 14, 2001 by Mainstream Media by Michael S. Rozeff.

Feinstein shows she isn’t smarter than a 6th grader when it comes to making law as Cruz embarasses her

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) got into a heated exchange with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) concerning the assault weapons ban. Cruz obviously hit a sore spot when he outlined the constitutionality of the bill. Feinstein told Cruz to not lecture her on the Constitution. She clearly needs another lecture on her oath of office to uphold it.

She stated that Congress is in the business of making law and it’s up to the courts to uphold them. No, Sen. Feinstein, you are not correct. Congress is not in the business of passing any law it feels it can because it has the power to do so and then wait until later to see if it sticks. In other words you ignoramus, Congress has to abide by the law when it makes law!

Sen. Feinstein, just because you’ve been there a “long time” doesn’t diminish your burden to ALWAYS uphold the Constitution and the Bill of Rights when enacting law for the United States. I’ll bet there are more than a few 6th graders that know this better than you.

Obamacare regulations cost $310 MILLION per page?

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This is the photo of the regulations in Obamacare. It’s now 20,000 pages, 8 times the original bill. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) calculates that Obamacare will add $6.2 trillion to the national debt. That works out to about $310 million dollars per page.

Sound unbelievable? Try this on for size. The $6.2 trillion in debt that Obamacare will saddle us with? If it were one dollar bills stacked up it would reach over 420,769 miles high! The average distance to the moon is 238,857 miles.

How about one more? If the dollar bills were laid out like a carpet, they would cover over 24,750 square miles! That exceeds a state the size of West Virginia.

“The American”, a rebel freedom fighter hero or a marked man that has a drone with his name on it?

Fox News has been running a story about an ex-army vet turned Jihadist warrior. His name is Eric Harroun. He grew up in Phoenix. He is known as “the American” in Syria where he has been fighting alongside several different al-Qaeda factions. He considers himself a freedom fighter. Perhaps he should learn the law of the United States because he is now our enemy. He’s also a vocal opponent of Israel.

I bring this up because of the rash of news surrounding drones and the infamous filibuster of Sen. Rand Paul concerning drone attacks on American citizens. I don’t think we’ll see Harroun getting a hero’s parade in Arizona anytime soon as he would be a target for the use of lethal force. Legally.

Harroun, who said he is now in Turkey, shrugged off a question about fighting alongside Al Qaeda terrorists who have joined the Syrian rebellion, saying, “the U.S. plays both sides, too.” He said the offshoot of the terror group behind the 9/11 attacks welcomed him.

“Getting into Al-Nusra is not rocket science,” he said. “It just takes balls and brains.”

Harroun, known among Syrian rebels and loyalists alike as “The American,” has moved from one country to another, joining protesters in the takedown of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak before fighting alongside rebels attempting to depose Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. A prolific poster of online diatribes against the infidel, he’s joined the threads of those calling for the deaths of Zionists.

Section 2(a) of Public Law 107-40, otherwise known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force, states the authorization.

SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

(a) <> In General.–That the President is
authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those
nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized,
committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11,
2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any
future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such
nations, organizations or persons.

In other words if you take up arms with al-Qaeda, you are now a wartime enemy of the United States. That means no due process. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t attacking the U.S. itself. It doesn’t matter if you’re on U.S. soil.

This is where Sen. Paul got it wrong when he proclaimed victory from his filibuster. The letter from Attorney General Holder said absolutely nothing new other than to state in essence that the United States would not illegally murder an American. No concession from Obama. No answer whatsoever to the question Paul posed which was could an American be targeted by a drone.

Without question, the policy authorized the President by Congress under the AUMF creates a potential for abuse. It is the President that makes the determination as to whether an American citizen meets the criteria. There is no avenue for an American citizen to appeal or get redress of a determination that they fit the profile under the AUMF. At that point, they can legally be targeted for the use of lethal force.

Obama has nothing to do with it. Drones have nothing to do with it. It is Congress and Congress alone that gave the authorization and has the ability to change it.

Harroun may very well face an al-Awlaki fate. Harroun has an excellent point in his assertion that the U.S. plays both sides when it comes to al-Qaeda. But that won’t save him from a legal execution.

Hannity airs Benghazi report for entire hour – don’t waste your time as you won’t learn a thing

Fox New’s Sean Hannity just aired an hour long review of the Benghazi attacks entitled “Benghazi: 6 months of deceit”. First impression would be ‘welcome to the party Sean, where have you been’? The show didn’t shed any new light on the incident. In fact, most of what it called new has been out in the blogger world for many months. For example, he cited a report that Libya had warned the U.S. days prior of an imminent attack. Wow, is that old news!

Regardless, it’s good to see any mainstream media covering this event. BTW, Fox News and Hannity are the mainstream media despite their attempts to distance themselves from it. Just look at the ratings.

Per usual, the focus is all about the cover-up and how Obama handled the incident. Now, I bash Obama as much as anybody but can these people ever get past the small stuff and move on to the more important questions? Such as the reason for the attacks? The weapons trafficking operation conducted by the U.S.? Why we can’t get a member of Congress to actually stand up and get some answers?

You think the Rand Paul filibuster was effective? How about a large group of Congressional members make a very public display and stay in front of the cameras every single day until the State Dept. releases the names of the survivors so Congress can issue subpoenas to get them to testify? It’s a rhetorical question as we already know the answer. No one in Congress, republican or democrat, wants to force this issue because the identities, organizations involved as well as nationalities of the survivors are information no one wants to get out into the public domain.

I heard one reference during the hour to the weapons trafficking. I heard one question during the hour about the survivors. Pathetic.

Obamacare effecting hiring as reflected in the February jobs report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the February 2013 jobs report. The official unemployment rate decreased to 7.7%. Within the report is a revealing statistic. Part-time workers hired for non-economic reasons increased by 444,000. I suspect that this will be a number we see higher than average each month as the year goes on.

The reason may be companies positioning themselves for the full onslaught of Obamacare in 2014. The BLS considers part-time anything less than 35 hours per week. Obamacare starts penalizing at 30 hours. The Obamacare requirements for extending healthcare benefits is based upon formulas weighing full-time workers and the number of workers.

What is likely not a well-known fact is that for purposes of Obamacare determining the number of workers and hours worked, those numbers are based upon 2013 statistics. This is so the government has a base to use at the start of 2014. Savvy businesses have been making the adjustments already rather than waiting until the New Years Eve party this year to make the changes.

Another lesser known fact is that the number of full-time employees tabulation for a business owner includes all businesses they own even if they are in different industries. Take a fast food restaurant owner who may own several locations. Each one is not considered a separate business and counted as such. Obamacare looks at all of them combined when determining the requirements for the owner.

Think you can escape the Obamacare reaper by only hiring part-time employees and keeping their hours under 30 each week? Obamacare foresaw this eventuality and uses a formula for full-time equivalent (FTE) workers to add up multiple part-timers and calculate how many they would equal were they full-time. Penalties are then based upon the FTE number.

Bact to the part-time hiring for February. Lest you think this is normal for the time of year, last year the increase was only 191,000.

This is no surprise as the country continues to transition into more of a part-time, flexible schedule workforce. You’ll also see more employer benefits eliminated in order to cut costs.

Of course, what is the ultimate goal of Obamacare? The elimination of the private healthcare insurance industry. Transitioning everyone onto a government provided, or single-payer, plan. More government control. That’s always been the goal despite what Obama may say. Obama claims cost savings, yet the goal is really cost increases to drive the private insurers out of business.

The biggest loser will be the American people and the cost, availibility and quality of their healthcare.