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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Anwar al-Awlaki's Visit to the Pentagon for Lunch in 2002

Anwar al-Awlaki is the Islamic cleric who inspired Nidal Malik Hasan to kill 14 people at Fort Hood. He was born in New Mexico and now operates out of Yemen. In the days after 9/11, he was questioned because of his connection to three of the hijackers. Less than five months later, he was invited and attended a luncheon at the Pentagon. There was a warrant out for his arrest before he fled the country but it was withdrawn by Colorado's U.S. Attorney. al-Awlaki was briefly detained at JFK airport but was allowed to go free after it was discovered the warrant had been withdrawn.

Catherine Herridge at Fox News has been investing this story for many months and it appears there were several government officials who signed off on the Pentagon luncheon.
Fox News obtained new documents through a Freedom of Information Act request as part of a year-long investigation called "Fox News Reporting: Secrets of 9/11." An internal Department of Defense email that announced the event with Awlaki also laid out other details, like a proposed menu including pork, which is prohibited for Muslims. The email states "the chef will create something special for vegetarians."

The documents show that more than 70 people were copied on the invitation, which originated in the Defense Department’s Office of the General Counsel. It is home to the Pentagon's top lawyer.

"I have reserved one of the executive dining rooms for February 5th, which is the date he (Awlaki) preferred," a defense department lawyer wrote in the e-mail announcing the event.

"He (Awlaki) will be leaving for an extensive period of time on February 11th."

The e-mail states that New Mexico born al-Awlaki was the featured guest speaker on “Islam and Middle Eastern Politics and Culture."

The Defense Department lawyer who vetted the imam wrote that she "had the privilege of hearing one of Mr. Awlaki's presentations in November and was impressed by both the extent of his knowledge and by how he communicated that information and handled a hostile element in the audience."
Nefarious Islamic operatives and duped sympathizers have infiltrated the highest levels of our federal government. There really is no doubt about that at this point.

al-Awlaki was also once a president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Colorado State University. Yet further evidence that the MSA and al-Qaeda both roll up under the Muslim Brotherhood - as if you needed further evidence.

Here's a short promo from a Fox News expose' about this scandal:

Obama Channels Nixon over Libya

When Obama commenced his 'kinetic military action' in Libya two months ago, he did so without the approval of Congress. Thanks to the War Powers Act of 1973, the clock began ticking relative to that operation. From that point, he had 60 days before he had to get the approval of Congress to continue those operations. Those 60 days expired yesterday. Today, there is no congressional approval and the kinetic military action has not ceased. Yes, Obama blew the deadline.

Interestingly, the Act was passed on Nixon's watch as a result of the Vietnam War. Congress even overrode Nixon's veto to pass it. The irony is palpable. Barack Obama is siding with a vetoed Nixon.

His argument for not pulling out of Libya? Well, it's not really a military action, it's only a kinetic one.

Via ABC News:
In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval.

“Since April 4,” the president wrote, “U.S. participation has consisted of: (1) non-kinetic support to the NATO-led operation, including intelligence, logistical support, and search and rescue assistance; (2) aircraft that have assisted in the suppression and destruction of air defenses in support of the no-fly zone; and (3) since April 23, precision strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against a limited set of clearly defined targets in support of the NATO-led coalition's efforts.”

A senior administration official told ABC News that the letter is intended to describe “a narrow US effort that is intermittent and principally an effort to support to support the ongoing NATO-led and UN-authorized civilian support mission and no fly zone.”

“The US role is one of support,” the official said, “and the kinetic pieces of that are intermittent.”
Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't the war in Vietnam labeled a 'police action' and not a war?

Congress should not stand by and let this happen. Then again, the most powerful Republican in Congress does cry a lot.

More on the missed deadline at WaPo

Video: Netanyahu finds Woodshed in Oval Office, takes Obama to it

The joint press conference held by Obama and Netanyahu inside the Oval Office got started late because of the meeting between the two that preceded it. At the heart of the controversy surrounding the Israeli Prime Minister's visit to the White House were the comments made by Obama as Benjamin Netanyahu was already en route from Israel. In his speech on May 19th, Obama said Israel needs to return to its 1967 borders. Reports were that Netanyahu was furious and the press conference held after the meeting on May 20th would seem to vindicate those reports.

To be sure, Netanyahu did not show anger in this exchange but he did school the president with facts and an outright refusal to agree to what Obama called for a day earlier. Obama gave his statement first and then Netanyahu gave his. I'd show Obama's part but it had no substance; he likely expected the same from Netanyahu. He was wrong and he has no one to blame but himself.

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