Saturday, December 13, 2014

Larwyn's Linx: CROmnibus: A $1 Trillion Betrayal

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CROmnibus: A $1 Trillion Betrayal: James Simpson
Obama Flashback: ‘If you don’t like my policies, go out there and win an election’: PJM
An Open Letter To The Republican Leadership In Congress: John Hawkins

Boehner Betrays His Conservative Base: NoisyRm
Boehner to Aide-Turned-Lobbyist: 'No One Ever Really Leaves Boehnerland': Breitbart
House buys Senate some time on budget bill; approves second stopgap: Fox

9/11 Widow On ‘Torture Report': Torture Is What We Suffered From 9/11: WZ
Cruz, Lee, Sessions Pushing To Defund Amnesty In Vote Tonight: WZ
What 2014 Means For 2016: Michael Barone

Why Isn’t Elizabeth Warren Being Branded a Dangerous Kook?: Keith Koffler
Gohmert, Salmon: Boehner worked with Obama, not conservatives: Scoop
This Is Life Under Totalitarianism: WRSA


Obama: ‘I Spend Most of My Time Watching ESPN in the Morning’: WFB
Tom Coburn’s Stirring Message to Fellow Senators, in 90 Seconds: Melissa Quinn
Christmas Bonuses for Uniformed Retirees Weaken the NYC Pension Funds: CBCNY

Scandal Central

IRS Gave $14.5 Billion in Low-Income Tax Credits to the Wrong People: FiscalTimes
Obama just tweeted something that is straight up communist: WAW
New Lois Lerner emails indicate Obama’s DOJ involved in IRS targeting scandal: Noah Rothman

Climate & Energy

How Icelandic volcano Bardarbunga will plunge Europe into the dark ages: Big Wobble
Kerry: Renewable Energy Will Make the Tech Boom Pale in Comparison: IOTWreport
Bolivian President Blames Capitalism For “Climate Change”: Cove


Michael Brown's Adult Criminal Record: 90 Miles
Gay Hollywood Exec Outs Obama: TAB
Palin: ‘RINO Season Opens Soon And Don’t Hold Back’: FNI

An Hour with Ann Barnhardt: Andrea Shea King
Sheriff Clark: After Obama, We'll Need “Period Of Reconstruction To Put The Country Back Together”: Nice Deb
NBC Hails Elizabeth Warren ‘the Liberal Wing’s Newest Star’; Blasted Cruz Over 2013 Funding Fight: MRC

Hannity: 'John Gruber Boehner' 'Should Not Be Speaker' : Breitbart
RINOS Beware: Sean Hannity Yanks Karl Rove Off The Air!: Hideout
Krauthammer: Elizabeth Warren’s Cromnibus Protest is “Spectacular Hypocrisy”: LI


The Feinstein Report Is Going to Cost Us: Andrew C. McCarthy
To whom it may concern: Vic Rosenthal
CIA Docs Obtained by JW in 2010 Show Congress Approved of Enhanced Interrogation: JW

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Verizon's New, Encrypted Calling App Plays Nice With the NSA: BizWk
Las Vegas Sands' Casino Network hit by Destructive Malware: Hacker News
No Respite for Sony: TNW


Mysterious Death of Obama Critic and Reporter on Bin Laden’s Death and Ferguson Labeled Suicide: Daily Sheeple
"On any street in any town / In any state if any clown": American Digest
Video reveals how to wrap Christmas gifts in just 12 SECONDS: DailyMail

Image: Salvador Dali
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QOTD: "Back in 2010 Judicial Watch obtained government documents—once marked “Top Secret”—that reveal between 2001 and 2007, the CIA briefed at least 68 members of Congress on its interrogation program. This included so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The dates of all congressional briefings and, in some cases, the members of Congress in attendance as well as the specific subjects discussed are included in the files. Pelosi, who has publicly denied she was briefed by the CIA on the use of these techniques, is specifically referenced in a briefing that took place on April 24, 2002, regarding the “ongoing interrogations of Abu Zubaydah.”

After being the subject of enhanced interrogation techniques, Zubaydah identified Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) as the mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands of innocent Americans. Before Zubaydah identified KSM, currently held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, the 9/11 mastermind didn’t even appear in the intelligence community’s file of key Al Qaeda operatives or associates. KSM, in turn, provided valuable intel about another Al Qaeda jihadist, Majid Khan, who, in turn, identified a terrorist named Zubair who was subsequently captured. Zubair later provided information that led to the arrest of Al Qaeda’s South Asia leader.

These jihadists didn’t exactly provide this valuable information willingly over tea and biscuits. The CIA held meetings with legislators as it pursued broader authority for its interrogation program, which did not begin until the agency got legal guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ). A separate CIA report obtained by JW details the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques to thwart Al Qaeda operations in the United States and overseas. Nevertheless, President Obama banned the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during his first week in office in January 2009 and withheld information detailing the program’s successes. His allies in Congress did an about-face, pretending to be shocked and in the dark about the interrogation program they had been briefed about—and apparently endorsed—so many times" --Judicial Watch

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