Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

seafan

seafan's Journal
seafan's Journal
April 10, 2016

Former Gov. Bob Graham goes on 60 Minutes to talk about Saudi/911 hijackers connections

Tonight.

On Sunday right after the Masters' Golf Tournament ends, CBS will feature former Florida Gov. Bob Graham's quest to declassify and make public a report outlining allegations of Saudi Arabian support of some of the hijackers who flew airplanes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Graham has been trying to get President Obama to declassify a 28-page report on a Saudi family that lived in a gated Sarasota community where some of the pilots visited in the weeks before the attack. The family fled about 10 days before September 11, leaving a wave of questions investigated by the FBI.

Graham, a former Senator who chaired the Intelligence Committee and co-chaired a joint commission that investigated the attacks, says the report would prove the pilots had support from high-ranking Saudi officials.

The 28-page report was not released in the Commission's final report concluding that the 19 hijackers acted without assistance when they hijacked three passenger planes and crashed them into the Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

When he started questioning the omission in 2011, top FBI officials detained Graham and his wife at an FBI office at Dulles International Airport in an apparent attempt to talk the longtime Florida official into dropping his efforts.

.....


Bob Graham has called on President Obama to reopen the September 11 investigation., March 7, 2012

Yes, the Saudi family living in FL "vanished". Bob Graham didn't know about it until Sept 2011.

Russ Baker on the new Florida evidence that emerged in 2011, from 2011

Bob Graham: "Frankly, my friends-- to use a blunt term -- blood is going to be on your hands.", from 2003

No, Chelsea. Clairvoyance had nothing to do with it., February 16, 2008

“Did you read it?” the woman screamed., March 3, 2008


Thirteen years ago, Bob Graham read it. He warned his colleagues. Most ignored him.


Bob Graham is not a man anyone should ignore, especially when it concerns our national security.

60 Minutes.

Tonight.










April 6, 2016

State Department wants limits on questioning of Clinton aides

Source: Politico

Top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should not be questioned about an ongoing FBI investigation into the presence of classified information on her private email server or about the substance of the messages that were exchanged, as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the State Department said in a court filing Tuesday night.

In the new submission, the State Department continued to object to depositions of former Clinton aides and other officials in the lawsuit brought by the the conservative group Judicial Watch, but U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in February that he would permit "narrowly tailored" discovery about the unusual private server set-up used by Clinton during her four years as America's top diplomat.

.....

"State submits that the scope of discovery must be limited and specified at the outset to prevent questioning that exceeds the limited inquiry that the Court has authorized," the filing from Justice Department laywers says. "Based on the Court’s statements at the February 23 hearing, State understands the scope of permissible discovery to be 'the reasons for the creation of (the clintonemail.com) system.'"

"State respectfully submits that the Court’s order should specify that discovery is limited to this topic. To that end, State requests that the Court clarify that Plaintiff is not entitled to discovery on matters unrelated to the topic identified by the Court, to include without limitation: the substantive information sought by Plaintiff in its FOIA request in this case, which involves the employment status of a single employee; the storage, handling,transmission, or protection of classified information, including cybersecurity issues; and questions about any pending investigations," the submission says. "State objects to any discovery requests pertaining to the FBI’s pending investigation into matters referred to it by the Inspectors General of the Intelligence Community and State in connection with former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/clinton-emails-state-department-221612



This stonewalling must stop.

Also using her position as Secretary of State to funnel millions into the coffers of the Clinton Foundation must not escape scrutiny, and must be addressed via discovery, as these actions reveal intense conflicts of interest.

The Clinton aides hold many of the pieces to the public exposure of these conflicts, and it must occur before voters make decisions about our next president.
April 4, 2016

When we realize that this candidate represents ongoing disaster for the country



A big hat tip to DUer BernieforPres2016 for finding this compilation. It should be circulated widely.


Cleaning Up Hillary’s Libyan Mess, April 1, 2016 (In totality, her crucial role in what has transpired in Iraq, Haiti, Honduras, Libya, Syria and Ukraine must be addressed.)

Hillary Clinton must face the music — and the FBI, March 29, 2016

Clinton ‘not at all worried’ about FBI probe, April 3, 2016

Bombshell: Clinton Foundation Donor’s Flight From Justice Aided by Hillary Allies, March 25, 2016

Selling Out Palestinian Rights, March 30, 2016

Greenpeace: Hillary Clinton Should Reject Fossil Fuel Money, April 2, 2016

Clinton’s Experience: Fact and Fantasy, February 21, 2016 (Update: Sanders Upsets Clinton in Nevada Delegate Count, 03 April 2016)

Hillary Clinton's Support Among Non-White Voters is Dwindling, 1 April 2016

Hillary Clinton's Big Benefactor Has Trade Links with Iran, 4/18/15


Wonder if the Clinton Foundation is on this list:

Massive leak exposes how the wealthy and powerful hide their money, April 3, 2016



It is time to move past these ongoing decades of duplicity, greed and destruction. They have no place in the vision most Americans now have for our future.



March 28, 2016

It looks as if the deleted emails have been found.

In August, the FBI obtained the server and has since recovered most, if not all, of the deleted correspondence, said a person familiar with the investigation.


I would wager that this deleted "personal" correspondence revolved around the deals she made as Secretary that would directly benefit the Clinton Foundation. As I'm sure you already know, this is another of several angles of FBI investigation now underway.

It's certainly going to be an interesting year.



March 28, 2016

The FBI investigation, it now seems, is the chopper in her rear view mirror.

From the LA Times, March 27, 2016:

Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases.

.....

Prosecutors also are expected to seek an interview with Clinton herself, though the timing remains unclear.

.....

The interviews by FBI agents and prosecutors will play a significant role in helping them better understand whether Clinton or her aides knowingly or negligently discussed classified government secrets over a non-secure email system when she served as secretary of State.

The meetings also are an indication that much of the investigators' background work – recovering deleted emails, understanding how the server operated and determining whether it was breached – is nearing completion.

“The interviews are critical to understand the volume of information they have accumulated,” said James McJunkin, former head of the FBI's Washington field office. “They are likely nearing the end of the investigation and the agents need to interview these people to put the information in context. They will then spend time aligning these statements with other information, emails, classified documents, etc., to determine whether there is a prosecutable case."

....

Lawyers for her closest aides – Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan, Cheryl Mills and Philippe Renes – either did not respond to messages or declined to comment.

.....

In August, the FBI obtained the server and has since recovered most, if not all, of the deleted correspondence, said a person familiar with the investigation.

FBI agents have finished their review of the server and the correspondence turned over by Clinton to the State Department. They have interviewed a number of former aides so they could better understand how the system was used and why Clinton chose to use it, the person said.


From the WaPo, March 27, 2016

One hundred forty-seven FBI agents have been deployed to run down leads, according to a lawmaker briefed by FBI Director James B. Comey. The FBI has accelerated the investigation because officials want to avoid the possibility of announcing any action too close to the election.

.....

Early on June 17, 2011, Clinton grew impatient as she waited for “talking points” about a sensitive matter that had to be delivered via a secure line.

“They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it,” Sullivan wrote his boss.

Clinton told him to take a shortcut.

“If they can’t, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” she said.


.....

Security remained a constant concern. On June 28, 2011, in response to reports that Gmail accounts of government workers had been targeted by “online adversaries,” a note went out over Clinton’s name urging department employees to “avoid conducting official Department business from your personal email accounts.”

But she herself ignored the warning and continued using her BlackBerry and the basement server.

.....

Clinton lawyer David Kendall later told the State Department that her “use of personal email was consistent with the practices of other Secretaries of State,” citing Powell in particular, according to a letter he wrote in August.

But Powell’s circumstances also differed from Clinton’s in notable ways.

.....

Powell conducted virtually all of his classified communications on paper or over a State Department computer installed on his desk that was reserved for classified information, according to interviews. Clinton never had such a desktop or a classified email account, according to the State Department.



So, as Secretary of State, she never had a classified email account, because 'it wasn't convenient' for her????


How can that type of judgment be allowed to stand, as she thrust incalculable risk on our national security, notwithstanding her repeated use of her position as Secretary of State to benefit the bottom line of the Clinton Foundation?


Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given millions to the Clinton Foundation. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images (Via IBTimes)


[font color= red][font size= 3]How can all of this be allowed to stand?[/font][/font]

March 21, 2016

Thank you for this, Judi Lynn.

The moribund M$M are such cowards to run away from their obligation to ask Hillary Clinton about her role in pushing this coup onto the people of Honduras.

This is something voters should know about when she comes calling for their support. This, alone, should rise to disqualification in running for president, because it is a harbinger of how she would conduct future foreign policy.


When people repeatedly show us who they are, it is wise to believe them.










March 19, 2016

Ousted Honduran President Fights Re-Election Ban

Ousted Honduran President Fights Re-Election Ban, 18 March 2016


Former President Manuel Zelaya sits among reporters at a press conference in Honduras, March 18, 2016. | Photo: Twitter / @gerardoTteleSUR


Former president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a U.S.-backed military coup in 2009, has petitioned the Central American country’s Supreme Court to overturn a ruling banning him from running for president again.

In an open letter addressed to the Constitutional Court of the Supreme Court of Justice, Zelaya called for the nullification of a decision declaring his re-election “unconstitutional.”

.....

In 2009, democratically-elected Zelaya was ousted by the Honduran military, allied with opposition parties. The coup against Zelaya was widely condemned by governments across Latin America, the European Union, the Organization of American States and other regional blocs.

The coup has come back into the spotlight recently as campaigners remember the role played by Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the illegal coup.

She admitted in her autobiography “Hard Choices,” that she used her power to shift the crisis into a favorable position for the U.S., even if it meant forgetting about democracy.

“We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot,” she admitted in her book.

Furthermore, the political vacuum created by the coup has spawned years of state violence with impunity, most recently seeing the assassination of the renowned activist Berta Caceres.




The Nation: 'Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism', March 11, 2016

Another Member of Berta Caceres’ Group Assassinated in Honduras, March 15, 2016









March 18, 2016

EU Slams Israel over Latest Settlement Expansion in Palestine

Telesur, 18 March 2016

The European Union has issued a statement heavily criticizing Israel's latest land seizure, which the bloc says hinders the process toward a two-state solution and the prospect of peace with Palestinians.

The statement comes a week after Israel seized 579 acres, or 234 hectares, of Palestinian land near the Dead Sea and the Palestinian city of Jericho. It represents the biggest land seizure in recent years.

“Israel’s decision to declare 234 hectares near Jericho in Area C of the West Bank as state land is a further step that risks undermining the viability of a future Palestinian state and therefore calls into question Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution,” the EU said in a statement.

.....

Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories explained the March 10 seizure as having been made in accordance with “the decision of the political level and the examining of the professional authorities,” who have declared the territory to be “state lands.” The land is eventually supposed to be used to build tourism and other commercial facilities.

The EU reminds Israel that further settlement expansion is illegal under international law and “represent an obstacle to peace, [which] will only drive the parties to the conflict even further apart,” the EU said.






March 18, 2016

It's one of several issues that she stonewalls any discussion.

She will have to answer for her role in the ongoing, immense suffering of the people of Honduras.

And in Haiti.

March 18, 2016

Pressure Mounts on Kerry to Take Action over Honduras

Source: Telesur

A group of 730 leading Latin American experts and scholars have condemned the assassination of Honduran activist Berta Caceres and urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to halt aid and support to Honduras until the Central American country improves its atrocious human rights record.

“Despite Honduras’ worsening human rights conditions, the U.S. is providing an aid package to the region, the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle,” the signatories said in a statement.

The scholars’ letter calls for U.S. sanctions on Honduras until the murder of Berta Caceres is properly investigated with the assistance of international human rights investigators.

The huge group of academics join a growing list of influential figures putting pressure on Kerry to take action after the killing of Caceres.

Also Thursday, U.S. representatives Hank Johnson and Keith Ellison, alongside 60 other colleagues, wrote to the secretary of state to request his support in combating human rights violations and rampant impunity in Honduras.



Read more: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Pressure-Mounts-on-Kerry-to-Take-Action-over-Honduras-20160317-0052.html



Much of the backstory on these atrocities here, and of the role of former U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her deliberative support of the coup overthrowing the elected leader of Honduras, which has now led to ongoing murders of activists and supporters of human rights, together with the flood of child refugees into the U. S.



(via Telesur)


Elections have consequences.

In the United States of America, it is time to take a bold stand for our future, and for the rest of the world.








Profile Information

Member since: 2003 before July 6th
Number of posts: 9,387
Latest Discussions»seafan's Journal