- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 10, 2013) — Last Friday, the U.S. State Department announced that it would not bestow an award to an Egyptian woman whose Twitter feed contained anti-Israeli and anti-American comments over the last year after The Weekly Standard and subsequent bloggers made the department’s intentions known.
The awards were presented in honor of “International Women’s Day” to “women of courage” from nine different nations through the Office of Global Women’s Issues. Samira Ibrahim was to be recognized for the abuse she endured at the hands of the Egyptian military while participating in the Arab Spring protests in March 2011. One of the women received the honor posthumously.
The Standard had raised the issue on Wednesday, and on Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stated that the award would be held pending further investigation of the claims and Ibrahim’s response that her Twitter account had been “hacked.” Later on Thursday, in an apparent reversal, Ibraham said that she “refused to apologize to the Zionist lobby in America regarding my previous anti-Zionist statements under pressure from American government therefore they withdrew the award.”
The Washington Post characterized the controversy from the State Department’s presumed payment for Ibrahim’s travel to the United States as one raised by “conservatives.”
Ibrahim was ranked 20th in TIME Magazine‘s “The Most 100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2012. TIME defamed Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III and Darren Huff by suggesting that they had used “lethal force” while conducting a citizen’s arrest of the “real grand jury foreman,” who was later proven illegitimate by Tennessee state law. Shortly before TIME published its piece, an Obama operative bragged about his role in making a false report to the FBI about a “courthouse takeover” planned by Fitzpatrick and Huff.
TIME claimed that the rise in “anti-government groups” was a result of “The Obama Factor:”
None of these movements are entirely new, but most were in sharp decline by the late 1990s. Their resurgence now is widely seen among government and academic experts as a reaction to the tectonic shifts in American politics that allowed a black man with a foreign-sounding name and a Muslim-born father to reach the White House.
A copy of the printed issue from September 30, 2010 is still available at Amazon for $2.95.
What would TIME say now about Ibrahim? Would its position on her be the same?
Also last week, during Senate confirmation hearings for John Brennan, Sen. Rand Paul had demanded to know whether or not putative Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama claimed the right to use a drone to kill a U.S. citizen “not engaged in combat” on American soil, as Holder’s previous answer had been evasive and allowed for the “extraordinary circumstance” which could necessitate it.
In his second letter to Paul, Holder responded, “The answer to that question is no.”
John Brennan was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday as the new CIA Director. On Friday, he was sworn in with his hand on a “draft copy” of the U.S. Constitution but not the Bible, which was reported by The Weekly Standard. After numerous bloggers noted that the Bill of Rights was not included with the Constitution, Yahoo! News began its editorial masquerading as news with:
Oh, dear. This is probably not the symbolism the White House wanted.
Yahoo! writer Olivier Knox blamed the dissemination of the details of the Brennan swearing-in ceremony on “troublemaking blogger Marcy Wheeler” with a link to her blog, on which she contended, “That means, when Brennan vowed to protect and defend the Constitution, he was swearing on one that did not include the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments — or any of the other Amendments now included in our Constitution. The Bill of Rights did not become part of our Constitution until 1791, 4 years after the Constitution that Brennan took his oath on.”
Wheeler’s blog contains offensive language. Her “latest posts” include a “white paper” on Obama’s “Targeted Kill” program made public by The New York Times last May and a reference to Brennan’s “working from a script” to ensure that declassification of a report on “torture” carried out by the CIA would remain undisclosed.
Knox’s article was reproduced on various blogs with its explanation from Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest that “Director Brennan told the president that he made the request to the archives because he wanted to reaffirm his commitment to the rule of law as he took the oath of office as director of the CIA.” It has been reported that Brennan converted to Islam at a point in his adult life when a “counterintelligence operation” was carried out for that purpose.
TIME has openly said that Obama is perceived by some as a “pro-Muslim President.”
Brennan’s swearing-in took place in private without members of the press looking on.
USAToday reported that “When John Brennan was sworn in as the new Central Intelligence Agency director on Friday morning, he put his left hand on a piece of history as he delivered his oath.” A blog attempted to depict The Weekly Standard’s report as making a “ludicrous right wing anti-Obama talking point,” even though it is common for cabinet members to swear their oath on a Bible, as putative Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Obama did.
On Saturday evening, Obama attended the “Gridiron Club” during which he reportedly made what were allegedly satirical comments about the departure of his main speechwriter for a career in Hollywood, Chuck Hagel’s performance during his confirmation hearings, an acknowledgement of his wife’s absence, and his appreciation for Nate Silver, a young pundit who predicted that Obama would win the November election when many major pollsters predicted that Mitt Romney would win handily.
Many more experienced elections pundits were puzzled at the outcome of the presidential election.
Silver was reportedly attacked by television anchors and journalists for his prediction models. Silver blogs at FiveThirtyEight.com, which was reportedly bought by The New York Times two years ago. He “correctly” predicted the outcomes of “almost all the Senate races” in addition to the presidential contest.
Despite Obama’s attempts at levity at the Gridiron, a writer at The New York Times claims that “by day, the Obama team is not laughing, given the widespread criticism of the Secret Service’s decision to suspend White House tours for the summer because of the budget cuts.” In response, a group of children from Iowa who had been planning to visit the White House later this month made signs and a video asking that the tours be reinstated. Two Fox News anchors each offered to pay for one week of tours, which are reportedly supervised by volunteers. Businessman Donald Trump offered to spend up to $5,000,000 to restore the tours “if Bill Maher or another prominent Democrat matches.”
What will the White House’s reaction be to the children’s plea to restore the tours?
Obama was quoted as having alluded to Bob Woodward’s initial contention that he was threatened by Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling by saying, “Now I know that some folks think we responded to Woodward too aggressively. But hey, when has — can anybody tell me when an administration has ever regretted picking a fight with Bob Woodward? What’s the worst that could happen?”
Other reporters have come forward relating verbal abuse from the Obama regime both verbally and in emails.
After a young Bob Woodward and his journalist cohort Carl Bernstein agreed to meet secretly with an informant in 1972, they broke the story of the bugging of the Watergate Hotel by Republican operatives which led to the resignation of then-President Richard Nixon.
The New York Times said that in regard to Woodward, Obama added:
As you may have heard, Bob invited Gene over to his place. And Bob says he actually thinks that I should make it too. And I might take him up on the offer. I mean, nothing says “not a threat” like showing up at somebody’s house with guys with machine guns.
What did Obama mean by saying that? What will the White House’s reaction be to those who ask?
Despite his obvious distaste for the Second Amendment, is Obama advocating violence, as Malcolm X did on more than one occasion? Has he made a direct threat against Bob Woodward, who backed off of his claim that Sperling had made one?
Obama did not joke about his whereabouts on the night of September 11, 2012 following the attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, during which four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, lost their lives. Obama has never addressed questions from Congressmen about what he was doing nor who in his regime allegedly gave a “stand-down” order, preventing a military rescue mission from taking place. In a February 8, 2013 article at StandUpAmerica, a blog run by Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely (Ret.) and his staff, it was reported that in regard to Obama, “Our sources tell us, that though he was ‘absent’, he indeed gave the ‘stand-down’ orders.”
Does Obama sense a “Woodward effect” in his future?
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