The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You A Terrorist

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Double secret probation isn’t just a line from a movie anymore.

Via The Intercept

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.

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HT Watchdog

White House Fears Impeachment If Obama Unilaterally Grants Amnesty

It has to be a violation of his constitutional responsibility, which amnesty and effectively opening the borders most certainly is.

Via Breitbart:

As is always the case with anything involving former-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, our unbiased, objective, not-at-all-liberal media couldn’t wait to mock her impeachment case against President Obama — but not everyone is laughing. According to reporting from The Hill, The White House fears exactly that should the president take executive action to grant amnesty to thousands of illegals.

Senior White House advisers are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to Obama, said Friday that the White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.

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Could Arizona Fiasco Lead To Firing Squads For Death Penalty?

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Are the drug companies watering down the drugs used for lethal injections?

Via Washington Examiner

The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts Wednesday afternoon in a prison execution chamber in Florence, Ariz. Double murderer Joseph Wood was put to death by lethal injection shortly after his lawyers went to the Supreme Court raising questions about the drugs that would be used to kill him.

The justices turned Wood down, but his attorneys were right to raise concerns. It turned out Wood’s execution took two hours, as he lay unconscious on a gurney, gasping and waiting for the drugs to work.

Coming after other botched lethal injections in Oklahoma and Ohio, the Wood execution gave renewed energy to activists calling for an end not only to executions by lethal injection but by all other means as well.

“The death penalty simply has no place in this country,” said Brian Stull, an attorney for the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project. “As method after method of state-sponsored killing has been deemed barbaric and archaic, states are left scrambling to invent new ways to execute.”

In this case, Arizona scrambled to find drugs to execute Wood because anti-death penalty activists like Stull have pressured pharmaceutical companies to stop supplying effective drugs to executioners.

Still, the Wood fiasco could start a new and productive debate on capital punishment, in part because it spurred an extraordinary statement from a well-respected federal judge.

Alex Kozinski, chief of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was one of the jurists who listened to Wood’s plea for a stay of execution based on concerns about the lethal injection drugs. The court issued a stay, over Kozinski’s dissent, sending the case to the Supreme Court, which ultimately allowed the execution to proceed.

Kozinski focused his dissent on the broader issue of lethal injection. Older, now-abandoned methods — hanging, firing squads, the electric chair, the gas chamber — were all devised specifically to kill people, he wrote, and did so pretty well. But lethal injection took drugs originally intended to save lives and used them to kill.

“Subverting medicines meant to heal the human body to the opposite purpose was an enterprise doomed to failure,” Kozinski wrote. Using drugs for executions was “a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful.”

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Six MS13 Illegal Aliens Murder Homeless Man In Maryland

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The fact that the murderers are illegal aliens is in the video, not in the body of the story.

SUITLAND, Md. (WJLA) – Prince George’s County police are reporting that Amos Jones, the man stabbed to death in Suitland early Tuesday morning, was murdered by MS-13 gang members.

Six people have been arrested in the murder of Amos Jones, several of whom are confirmed to be members of MS-13. Photo collage: WJLA

Police told ABC7 News Wednesday that six people have been arrested for Jones’ death, several of whom are confirmed to be members of MS-13.

Police said it appears that Jones, a homeless man, was hanging around outside a liquor store in the 4600 block of Huron Avenue when he made some remarks to a 17-year-old girl whom police believe is a gang member.

The woman reportedly left the scene and then returned with several others, who then proceeded to attack Jones and fatally stab him several times.

Jones’ body was discovered around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

HT: Dragon’s Lair

Hillary Team Says Books Which Might Be Critical Of Her Should Not Be “Allowed”

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All hail, Empress Hillary!

Via Breitbart:

Soon there will be three anti-Clinton books on the market, which is apparently enough to have gotten under the skin of Team Hillary.

The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler, set for release next month, will join Clinton, Inc. by the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper and Blood Feud by Ed Klein on bookshelves. Yesterday we reported that Clinton, Inc. has shot up the charts and now both Halper and Klein’s books are outselling Hillary Clinton’s recent memoir Hard Choices.

“With Klein, Halper and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “Their behavior should neither be allowed nor enabled, and legitimate media outlets who know with every fiber of their beings that it is completely made up should not get down in the gutter with them.”

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Iranians Burn Israeli Flags During Huge Al-Quds Day Protests Across Country…

Also known as “Friday.”

Via Times of Israel:

Iranians rallied nationwide on Friday in a show of support for Palestinians as archfoe Israel pursued its campaign against Hamas and other groups in the Gaza Strip.

Demonstrations were held in Tehran and more than 700 towns and cities across the country on the last day of prayer and rest of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, state television reported.

In the capital, footage showed demonstrators, carrying placards proclaiming “Death to Israel” and “Death to America,” converging from nine different points on Tehran University in the city center.

Iran holds al-Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) rallies in support of the Palestinians every year on the last Friday of Ramadan, but this year’s demonstrations came on the 18th day of Israel’s campaign against rocket-firing and tunnel-digging Hamas extremists in Gaza. Hamas has fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel. It has also built dozens of “attack tunnels” under the border, and attempted five attacks from the tunnels in the past two weeks, killing six Israeli soldiers; Israel killed 20 gunmen emerging from the tunnels.

Gallup: Obama’s Approval Rating Falls Below 40%…

By the time Obama leaves office he’ll be wishing he had a 39% approval rating.

Sharpton Backs Union Punishing Black Students Over Koch Brothers Donation…

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I thought he was supposed to be helping blacks?

Via NRO:

Earlier this month, one of the nation’s largest public-sector unions — AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — decided to sever its relationship with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which in June accepted $25 million from libertarian philanthropists David and Charles Koch.

Yesterday, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) announced its supportof AFSCME’s move. NAN issued the following statement:

While National Action Network respects the work done by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in support of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and understand the need to raise funds to continue this critical work, we stand in support of the decision by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to sever ties and end their partnership with the UNCF. As a nonprofit civil rights organization, NAN recognizes that the funding landscape has changed and many organizations must figure out ways to continue their programming by bringing in new types of funders.

However, the Koch brothers have not only worked on initiatives that have a disenfranchising effect on the same students UNCF supported institutions work to educate, the Koch brothers have also led efforts to end union organizing. We believe that AFSCME is doing what is right for its members who the Koch brothers have targeted and is working in the interests of students of color who attend not only UNCF Institutions, but all institutions of higher learning. But most importantly, AFSCME is working to support the value of justice. The union has already committed to continuing to support students of color by working directly with colleges and universities, so the end of the partnership does not signal an end to opportunities in organizing for students.

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Gov’s Office Shifts Statement On Illegal Alien Housing At Maxwell AFB

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Feds want to avoid another Murrieta showdown.

Via WSFA

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s office is shifting its statements regarding the housing of immigrant children at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery after earlier confirming the installation would be used.

The Associated Press earlier reported, citing Communications Director Jennifer Ardis, who said the governor’s chief of staff got a call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, late Wednesday afternoon confirming the plan. Now, Ardis says it’s unclear which federal department contacted the governor’s office, but was working to clarify that information.

Now, Bentley’s office says it was notified that Maxwell is on a list of possible sites to hold the immigrants.

According to Lt. Col. Thomas Crosson in the Secretary of Defense’s office, the space at Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base was offered to Health and Human Services for use but it is up to the department to assess whether the children can be housed there.

The Secretary of Defense says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will have to first assess whether Maxwell meets its needs before any final decision is made.

Ardis says Governor Bentley and five other governors joined in sending a letter to President Obama Tuesday expressing concern that the immigrant children will end up using public resources funded by the state, something the federal government says will not happen.

Alabama Representatives Mike Rogers and Martha Roby have also sent letters to the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services specific to Maxwell Air Force Base.
The two issued a statement Thursday saying there are no cirumstances in which immigrants should be held at Maxwell or any military base.

The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice issued a statement on the possibility of Maxwell housing the children saying, “In times of hardship, we Alabamians often turn to faith and family for a solution…Now, more than ever, these children need love, support, and stability while they await reunification with their relatives. We are confident that the people of Alabama would welcome them with open arms, and treat these children as we would our own.”

The ACIJ said it wants assurances that the children are properly cared for “while the administration acts as quickly as possible to reunite them with any U.S. based-relatives.”

Poll: Record-High 50% Say Obama Is Not Honest And Trustworthy…

Horror!

Via Fox News:

Earlier this month the Obama administration repeated its claim that it is the most transparent administration in history. Ever. Period.

Most voters disagree.

According to the latest Fox News national poll, more than two-thirds — 68 percent — say no, this White House is not the most open and transparent. [...]

Meanwhile, opinions split over whether Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy: while 48 percent of voters say yes, a record-high 50 percent say no.

In December, a record-low 45 percent said Obama was honest.

Most Democrats think Obama is honest (79 percent), while most Republicans (84 percent) and over half of independents (59 percent) disagree.

U.N. Warns Countries With Pro-Life Laws They’re Violating Human Rights By Not Allowing Abortions…

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Apparently they don’t see the irony.

Via ThinkProgress:

United Nations officials are urging several countries with particularly harsh abortion bans to increase legalization of the medical procedure, pointing out their current laws could be in breach of international human rights treaties.

In its periodic reviews of member countries’ policies to ensure they’re compliant with the Geneva Conventions, the UN Human Rights Committee is recommending that Ireland and Chile update their abortion laws to ensure access for more women. Those two countries have some of the most restrictive abortion policies in the world; Chile imposes a total ban on the procedure, while Ireland has a nearly total ban with an extremely narrow exception.

The UN’s report on Ireland recommends that the country’s law should be revised “to provide for additional exceptions in cases of rape, incest, serious risks to the health of the mother, or fatal fetal abnormality.” Right now, an Irish woman can only have an abortion if her life is in immediate danger, or if she gets three different doctors to confirm that she suffers from mental health issues that put her at risk for suicide.

House Dem Eleanor Holmes Norton Says “You Don’t Have A Right To Know” What’s Going On In Government…

Yeah, no.

Via Washington Examiner:

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional representative for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.

“You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency are must to prevent abuses of power by government officials. Instead the leading advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia literally argued that even the congressional committee charged with oversight shouldn’t be asking questions in the first place.

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Palestinians File War Crimes Charges Against Israel At The Hague…

Yawn…

PARIS – Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Ismail Jabr, the Gaza court public prosecutor, started legal proceedings via a Paris-based lawyer over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas fighters and Israeli forces that Gaza officials say has left over 800 Palestinians dead – including hundreds of civilians. Thirty seven Israelis have been killed, 35 of them soldiers. [...]

The Palestinian officials accused Israel of war crimes, which, they say, under the ICC statutes includes “crime of apartheid,” “attacks against civilians,” ‘”excessive loss of human life” and “crime of colonization.”

If the legal complaint is accepted it could give the Palestinians the first realistic chance of bringing a war crimes case against Israel.

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Poll: Only 29% Approve Of How Obama’s Handling The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict…

Americans overwhelmingly support Israel, Obama does not.

Via Fox News:

Approval of President Obama’s handling of foreign policy stands at 36 percent, up from a record-low 32 percent last month. A 56-percent majority disapproves.

Nearly six Democrats in 10 approve (59 percent) of the job Obama is doing on foreign policy, while a majority of independents (63 percent) and most Republicans (83 percent) disapprove.

Another major global hot spot might offer an even greater challenge for the administration. On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only 29 percent approve of Obama’s handling of the crisis, while 56 percent disapprove and 15 percent are unsure.

Former Dem Gov. Ed Rendell Calls Ted Cruz A “Jerk”…

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Oh snap! He put you in your place, Ted Cruz.

Via Breitbart:

During a “Hardball” segment on MSNBC comparing former Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said the freshman senator “looks like a jerk.”

TIME political columnist Joe Klein said Cruz is a brilliant lawyer. But Rendell swiftly shot back on the Thursday program.

“I disagree with that a little bit,” the former governor said. “Cruz might be a brilliant lawyer and may have phrased it in legalese, but to the American people, he looks like a jerk, acting against the country at a time we should be coming together. I think they are making big mistake.”

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Israel Sets Up Field Hospital To Treat Palestinians Wounded In Gaza…

They are even more evil than originally believed.

CNN Poll: Majority Of Americans Now Say Securing Border Top Priority, Immigration Reform Second…

Dems unfazed.

Washington (CNN) – The current crisis on the nation’s southern border appears to be fueling a notable shift in American attitudes toward immigration policy with border security growing in importance, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released on Thursday also indicates that a majority of those surveyed support making it easier for the United States to return migrant youth from Central America who have surged across the U.S. border with Mexico this year.

According to the poll, 51% now say the government’s focus, when it comes to immigration policy, should be formulating a plan to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Forty-five percent say the top priority should be developing a plan that would allow undocumented immigrants who have jobs to become legal residents.

That’s a change from February, when Americans said 54%-41% that legal status trumped border security.

Not News: Muslims Protesting Israel Chant “Allahu Akbar” – News: In Boston…

Along with the obligatory calls for genocide.

HT: Truth Revolt

Video: Obamacare Architect Validates Halbig Decision, Admits Subsidies Meant Only For State-Run Exchanges – Update: Second Audio Uncovered Of Him Repeating Claim…

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Via Reason:

Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration’s implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule, Obamacare’s subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges.

The reasoning for this ruling was simple: That’s what the law says. The section dealing with the creation of state exchanges and the provision of subsidies states, quite clearly, that subsidies are only available in exchanges “established by a State,” which the law expressly defines as the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

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Update: After the first clip was published Gruber claimed he made a “speak-o” and didn’t mean to say it. How’s he going to explain away a second clip of him making the same remarks?

Via Breitbart:

Did Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber make the same mistake twice? A new audio clip finds him once again explaining that Obamacare subsidies are tied to state health exchanges.

A clip of Jonathan Gruber circulated last night in which he states that Obamacare subsidies are tied to the existence of state exchanges. This statement is extremely problematic for the law’s supporters because it appears to confirm the view of plaintiffs in the Halbig case, i.e. that only state-exchanges were intended to deliver subsidies.

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Israeli Cabinet Unanimously Rejects John Kerry’s Cease-Fire Proposal…

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Failure follows Kerry like it’s his shadow.

GAZA CITY — Israel’s security cabinet unanimously rejected a cease-fire proposal Friday that called for a week-long truce in the deadly conflict.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met twice Friday in Cairo with U.N. chief Ban Ki Moon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in an effort to nail down the proposal that would have allowed Israelis and Palestinians to discuss a broader deal.

After meeting for several hours, Israel’s security cabinet said it was seeking modifications to the proposal, Reuters reported.

“The security cabinet has unanimously rejected the ceasefire proposal of Kerry, as it stands,” Israeli public television reported, according to AFP.

A truce proposed by Egypt last week was rejected by Hamas because the group said it wasn’t consulted. Hamas says any peace deal must include the lifting of a blockade against Gaza.

The failure of the new cease-fire proposal comes as five Palestinians were shot and killed in protests Friday in the West Bank after Palestinians called for a “Day of Rage” against the Israeli military’s operation.