Obama’s war on whistleblowers left administration insiders unscathed

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Obama’s war on whistleblowers left administration insiders unscathed.

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Five key political players enjoy ‘virtual impunity’ – while four lower-level figures are in prison or facing time.

More people have been prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act during the Obama-era than previous presidents combined. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Olivier Douliery/Corbis

Since Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009, his government has waged a war against whistleblowers and official leakers. On his watch, there have been eight prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act – more than double those under all previous presidents combined.

And yet other apparent leaks have gone entirely unpunished or have been treated, as in the case of General David Petraeus, as misdemeanors. As Abbe Lowell, lawyer for one of the Espionage Act eight, Stephen Kim, has argued in a letter to the Department of Justice, low-level officials who lack the political connections to fight back have had the book thrown at them, while high-level figures have been allowed to leak with “virtual impunity”.

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Leon Panetta: enjoying his retirement on a walnut firm
Michael Vickers: remains in post
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Panetta, the former CIA director and defense secretary who has been a fixture in the Democratic firmament for decades, today spends his retirement on his walnut farm on California’s Monterey peninsula. Had his name been more obscure, or his position lower, he might have found himself in a less hospitable locale after permitting the makers of the film Zero Dark Thirty access to details about the secret raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Film-maker Mark Boal was permitted to attend a secret speech Panetta gave at CIA headquarters on 24 June 2011, less than two months after the raid. Military special operators were “all in uniform with name tapes” and seated at the front, according to a 2013 draft Pentagon inspector general report. Panetta’s speech – the text of which read “SECRET//NO FORN” – ie, not for release to foreigners – revealed “the unit that conducted the operation and identified the ground commander by name”.

Boal’s attendance, according to the inspector general report, occurred in an atmosphere defined by Obama administration eagerness to cooperate with Zero Dark Thirty. A key figure facilitating that cooperation was Michael Vickers, as undersecretary of defense for intelligence the Pentagon’s senior civilian intelligence official. Vickers is something of a CIA legend: a wunderkind who in the 1980s aided the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan, he was played by Christopher Denham in the 2007 Tom Hanks vehicle Charlie Wilson’s War.

In 2011, Vickers met and talked repeatedly with Boal and the film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow. In one of those conversations, on 15 July, Vickers specifically named a “special operations planner” who, he told the film-makers, “can probably give you everything you would want”. According to the inspector general report, Admiral Eric Olson, then the commander of US Special Operations Command, had already told Vickers: “My (our) hope and intent is that [the Special Operations Planner] not be identified by name as having participated in any way.”

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Neither man has been prosecuted. Vickers remains the undersecretary of defense for intelligence. Zero Dark Thirty has been criticized for inaccurately portraying CIA torture as critical to the success of the Bin Laden raid.

The ‘Olympic Games’ leaker(s): no charges

In June 2012, with a presidential election under way, David Sanger of the New York Times published an explosive story: Obama had ordered “a wave of cyber-attacks against Iran”. The sabotage operations were ongoing and included Stuxnet, the US-Israeli developed worm that assaulted the systems controlling Iranian centrifuges.

Olympic Games – the code name for the operation – was a milestone in two ways. It brought the US into the unfamiliar territory of a first-use cyber-attack that compromised physical systems, precisely the sort of network assault that its own officials publicly cite as a grave and impending danger. It was also described to Sanger by “members of the president’s national security team who were in the room” at a time when Obama was under attack by Republican rival Mitt Romney as weak on national security generally and Iran specifically.

The disclosure was so shocking that within days of Sanger’s story being published the Democrat Dianne Feinstein, then chair of the Senate intelligence committee, called for an inquiry. That inquiry, by the FBI, has been said to focus on James “Hoss” Cartwright, a now-retired marine general who had served as vice-chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and a rare flag officer trusted by the White House.

Cartwright has not been charged, and the Olympic Games inquiry is said to have run aground – because Cartwright’s attorney might “try to put the White House’s relationship with reporters and the use of authorized leaks on display” on trial, the Washington Post recently reported.

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David Petraeus: jail time unlikely for ‘misdemeanor’
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Petraeus, the most celebrated army general of his generation who went on to become director of the CIA, is now out of legal trouble. Earlier this month, Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of classified information, ending a years-long official inquiry.

His plea deal involved his assent to a factual stipulation: in August 2011, Petraeus provided his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell, with notebooks containing “the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberate discussions from high-level National Security Council meetings and … the President”. He lied to FBI investigators in October 2012, stating that he never gave Broadwell any classified information.

Unlike other leakers, authorized or not, Petraeus has been warmly re-embraced by the highest levels of Washington policymakers.

“I believe it is time to consider this matter closed,” said Senator John McCain. His Democratic counterpart on the Senate armed services committee, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, added: “At this difficult moment for the Petraeus family, it is important to remember the extraordinary sacrifice and service he has rendered to our armed forces and the nation.”

Petraeus faces a $40,000 fine but is is unlikely to serve jail time. He remains an adviser to the Obama administration on its war against the Islamic State. His position with the private equity firm KKR appears unaffected.

John Brennan: promotion to lead the CIA
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‘We were confident that we had inside control over the – any plot that might have been associated with this device.’ Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Since joining Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, the CIA director and former White House counter-terrorism and homeland security coordinator, John Brennan, has been Obama’s liaison to the secret world of US intelligence. It has rewarded Brennan tremendously: not only does he now run the agency he served for decades, his position appears secure even after he obstructed a Senate inquiry into Bush-era torture. Perhaps his most ironic aspect of that obstruction was an attempt to get the Justice Department to investigate Senate staffers for allegedly removing classified information.

Yet while Brennan was still a White House official, on 7 May 2012, he talked about having “inside control” of a plot by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to place a bomb on a US-bound plane. Brennan’s confirmation occurred on an official conference call with ex-counter-terrorism officials who now recycle intelligence-community talking points for TV news outlets.

“We were confident that we had inside control over the – any plot that might have been associated with this device,” Brennan is quoted in a transcript later obtained by Judicial Watch, in which he attempts to assure the media personalities that the danger from the bomb was marginal. Subsequent media reports promptly stated that the US and its allies had infiltrated the terror group.

Months later, when Brennan testified before the Senate intelligence panel for his CIA confirmation hearing, the long-time intelligence official denied he had in fact confirmed the AQAP infiltration. Yet he confirmed that he had said the US had “inside control” of the plot and lamented that the operation “got out to the press before that operation was, in fact, concluded”.

In March 2013, the Senate confirmed Brennan as CIA director by a 63-34 vote.

Another law for them…
Stephen Kim: 13 months in prison
The former State Department contractor has served eight months of a 13-month sentence for violating the Espionage Act. He was subjected to a five-year legal ordeal, at the end of which he pleaded guilty to leaking details of North Korea’s nuclear program to a Fox News reporter, though he insisted he had done so to inform the American people about the nature of the North Korean threat.

Before he was incarcerated at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Cumberland, Maryland, Kim told The Intercept that the intensity of his prosecution had driven him to the verge of suicide. His lawyer has now written to the Department of Justice, calling for him to be released immediately in recognition of the “profound double standard” displayed by the contrasting treatment of General David Petraeus.

Chelsea Manning: 35 years in military custody
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No evidence has ever been presented that Manning’s actions caused harm to anybody. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images
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The army intelligence analyst is serving a 35-year sentence for transferring to WikiLeaks a treasure trove of confidential US files to which she had access at a military base in Iraq. Manning was found guilty of violations of the Espionage Act, and computer crimes.

No evidence has ever been presented that her actions caused harm to anybody, while others have argued the disclosures helped to inspire the democratic uprisings of the Arab Spring.

Manning, who is currently appealing, said at the time of her sentencing: “When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.”

Jeffrey Sterling: facing years in prison
The former CIA officer is awaiting sentencing next month, having been convicted in January under the Espionage Act. He pleaded not guilty to leaking information about a covert effort to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program to a New York Times reporter, James Risen, details of which appeared in Risen’s book State of War.

Sterling faces a sentence that could run to decades in prison. Not only was his treatment notably severe, but the Department of Justice also aggressively pursued Risen, essentially threatening the journalist with imprisonment for refusing to disclose his source.

John Kiriakou: served two years in federal prison
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Kiriakou’s supporters point out that he is the only person to be prosecuted for any aspect of the CIA’s use of torture Photograph: ABCnews/AP
The former CIA analyst is currently under an 86-day house arrest, having been released from a 30-month sentence at a correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania. The information he leaked to a reporter – the identity of a covert agent involved in the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques under President George W Bush – was never published.

Kiriakou’s supporters point out that he is the only person to be prosecuted for any aspect of the CIA’s use of torture, including waterboarding, which he first confirmed publicly in 2007. Leaking details of the abuses has earned him jail time, while the torture itself has gone unpunished.

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John Brennan: American Hero or Communist Traitor?

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Ilhan Omar tells Muslims to ‘raise hell’ and ‘make people uncomfortable’ in defending their rights

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Congresswoman’s speech to Council on American-Islamic Relations draws protesters

Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism, told Muslims in a speech Saturday to “raise hell” and “make people uncomfortable” in defense of their rights.

As hundreds of pro-Israel protesters rallied outside, Ms. Omar said U.S. Muslims should confront discrimination in her keynote speech at a fundraiser hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles in Woodland Hills, California.

“So, to me, I say raise hell. Make people uncomfortable,” Ms. Omar said as the crowd cheered. “Because here’s the truth, here’s the truth: Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and frankly I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.”

Ms. Omar, whose speech was livestreamed by Fox News and posted on CAIR’s Facebook page, also intimated that President Trump was to blame in part for the horrific March 15 shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 50 dead.

“The reason I think many of us knew this was going to get worse is we finally have a leader, a world leader in the White House, who publicly says that Islam hates us, who fuels hate against Muslims,” she said.

Her appearance drew a crowd of protesters waving American and Israeli flags, as well as signs with messages like “Omar Equals Hate.” Two banners were unfurled outside the balconies at the Hilton hotel with the messages, “Ilhan Hates Israel” and “CAIR Hates Jews.”

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President Obama Fired 197 U.S. Military Officers In Five Years

Obama’s Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years

President Trump is being criticized by Democrats and MSM for firing former Ukranian Ambassador Yovanovitch. However, neither Democrats, nor liberal main stream media, criticized President Obama for firing 197 United States Military Officers.

Obama’s Military Coup Purged 197 Officers In Five Years.

10/29/2013. Defense: What the president calls “my military” is being cleansed of any officer suspected of disloyalty to or disagreement with the administration on matters of policy or force structure, leaving the compliant and fearful.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, notes how the White House fails to take action or investigate its own officials but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”

We recognize President Obama is the commander-in-chief and that throughout history presidents from Lincoln to Truman have seen fit to remove military commanders they view as inadequate or insubordinate. Turnover in the military ranks is normal, and in these times of sequestration and budget cuts the numbers are expected to tick up as force levels shrink and missions change.

Yet what has happened to our officer corps since President Obama took office is viewed in many quarters as unprecedented, baffling and even harmful to our national security posture. We have commented on some of the higher profile cases, such as Gen. Carter Ham. He was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.

Rear Adm. Chuck Gaouette, commander of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, was relieved in October 2012 for disobeying orders when he sent his group on Sept. 11 to “assist and provide intelligence for” military forces ordered into action by Gen. Ham.

Other removals include the sacking of two nuclear commanders in a single week — Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, head of the 20th Air Force, responsible for the three wings that maintain control of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, the No. 2 officer at U.S. Strategic Command.

From Breitbart.com’s Facebook page comes a list of at least 197 officers that have been relieved of duty by President Obama for a laundry list of reasons and sometimes with no reason given. Stated grounds range from “leaving blast doors on nukes open” to “loss of confidence in command ability” to “mishandling of funds” to “inappropriate relationships” to “gambling with counterfeit chips” to “inappropriate behavior” to “low morale in troops commanded.”

Nine senior commanding generals have been fired by the Obama administration this year, leading to speculation by active and retired members of the military that a purge of its commanders is under way.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, notes how the White House fails to take action or investigate its own officials but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.” Vallely thinks he knows why this purge is happening.

“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious, Benghazi and ObamaCare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”

Another senior retired general told TheBlaze on the condition of anonymity, because he still provide services to the government and fears possible retribution, that “they’re using the opportunity of the shrinkage of the military to get rid of people that don’t agree with them or do not toe the party line. Remember, as (former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel said, never waste a crisis.”

For President Obama, the military of a once-feared superpower is an anachronistic vestige of an America whose exceptionalism and world leadership require repeated apologies. It must be gutted and fundamentally transformed into a force wearing gender-neutral headgear only useful for holding the presidential umbrella when it rains. It is to be “his” military and used only for “his” purposes.

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Trump Grants Clemency To Troops In Three Controversial War Crimes Cases

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Trump grants clemency to troops in three controversial war crimes cases

“Gallagher’s wife, Andrea, carried a statement attributed to her husband that thanked both the president for his intervention …
He said that the United States is blessed to have a commander in chief who “stands up for our warfighters and cares about how they and their families are treated.”

President Donald Trump on Friday granted clemency to three controversial military figures embroiled in charges of war crimes, arguing the moves will give troops “the confidence to fight” without worrying about potential legal overreach.

Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, convicted of second degree murder in the death of three Afghans, was given a full pardon from president for the crimes. Army Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who faced murder charges next year for a similar crime, was also given a full pardon for those alleged offenses.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward Gallagher, who earlier this fall was acquitted of a string of alleged war crimes, had his rank restored to Chief Petty Officer by the president.

White House considers pardons for troops facing war crime accusations
President Donald Trump may grant clemency to the service members as early as this weekend, to mark Memorial Day.

By: Leo Shane III
All three cases had been championed by conservative lawmakers and media personalities as an overreaction to the chaos and confusion of wartime decisions. But critics have warned the moves could send the message that troops need not worry about following rules of engagement when fighting enemies abroad.

“The President, as Commander-in-Chief, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced and when appropriate, that mercy is granted,” the White House said in a statement. “For more than 200 years, presidents have used their authority to offer second chances to deserving individuals, including those in uniform who have served our country.

“These actions are in keeping with this long history.”

Pentagon leaders privately had expressed reservations about the moves, but Defense Secretary Mark Esper has declined comment on the rumored actions in recent days.

Last week, he said that he had a “robust” conversation with Trump about the proposed pardons and clemency and that “I do have full confidence in the military justice system and we’ll let things play out as they play out.”

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The Army announced it will implement Trump’s pardons.

“Under the Constitution, the president has the power to grant pardons for federal offenders; that authority extends to military court-martial proceedings,” the Army announced in a statement.

“The Army has full confidence in our system of justice. The Uniform Code of Military Justice ensures good order and discipline for uniformed service members while holding accountable those who violate its provisions. The foundation of military law is the Constitution, and the Constitution establishes the President’s power to grant pardons.

“The Army will review today’s executive actions in order to implement the presidential orders.”

In the wake of Trump’s decision, the official twitter account of Rear Adm. Charles Brown, the Chief of Naval Information, indicated that Navy leaders “acknowledge his order and are implementing it.”

While Gallagher was acquitted of murder and obstruction of justice charges in July, a panel of his peers recommended he be reduced in grade for posing with the body of a detainee, a crime he never denied.

Lorance’s case dates back to a 2012 deployment to Afghanistan, when he ordered his soldiers to fire on three unarmed men riding a motorcycle near their patrol. Members of his platoon testified against him at a court-martial trial, describing Lorance as over-zealous and the Afghans as posing no real threat.

He was sentenced to 19 years in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In recent years, Lorance and his family had waged a long campaign against his sentence, and found a receptive ear in Trump.

Golsteyn’s case had not yet been decided. He was scheduled for a December trial on charges he murdered an alleged Taliban bomb maker, and burned his remains in a trash pit during a 2010 deployment with 3rd Special Forces Group. Trump’s action effectively puts an end to that legal case before any verdicts were rendered.

Trump pardons former US soldier who killed Iraqi prisoner
President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. soldier convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner, the White House announced Monday.

By: Kevin Freking, The Associated Press
The president called Gallagher at around 4 p.m to personally deliver the news, according to the SEAL’s attorney Timothy Parlatore.

“We’re extremely grateful to the president for his decision to right the wrongs committed by the Navy’s criminal justice system against Chief Gallagher,” Parlatore told Navy Times Friday evening. “But this also was a case that should’ve been dismissed by the Navy at an earlier date. The misconduct by NCIS and military JAG prosecutors should’ve been handled a long time ago by the Navy. The commander in chief was right to assert his leadership to right this wrong.”

Trump overturned a decision by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday announced on Oct. 29 that preserved Gallagher’s demotion to petty officer first class. Gallagher’s legal team had urged the four-star to show mercy for a highly decorated SEAL whose case was plagued by allegations of corruption inside the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Gallagher’s court-martial trial for murder and other alleged war crimes collapsed and a panel of his peers convicted him on the sole charge of positing for a photo next to a dead Islamic State detainee, a charge he never denied.

Before the trial kicked off, a military judge booted Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak, the lead prosecutor, for his role in a warrantless surveillance program cooked up with NCIS to track emails sent by defense attorneys and Navy Times.

Prosecutors and agents also were accused of manipulating witness statements; using immunity grants and a bogus “target letter” in a crude attempt to keep pro-Gallagher witnesses from testifying; illegally leaking documents to the media to taint the military jury pool; and then trying to cover it all up when they got caught.

“The fight for Eddie Gallagher has been long and intense, but it never should’ve gotten to this point,” said Parlatore. “What the president’s action indicates is that there are service members who have been unjustly targeted by the military criminal justice system, and Eddie and I look forward to working to reform these problems on their behalf.”

Trump nixes NAMs for 4 prosecutors tied to SEAL case
It’s not the first time a tweeting Trump has interjected himself into the case.

By: Carl Prine
Fox News and Navy Times both reported on Nov. 4 that the president had decided to restore Gallagher to chief.

Later Friday night, the social media sites helmed by Gallagher’s wife, Andrea, carried a statement attributed to her husband that thanked both the president for his intervention and the “American people for their unwavering support” over the past year.

He said that the United States is blessed to have a commander in chief who “stands up for our warfighters and cares about how they and their families are treated.”

Report: Trump makes SEAL Gallagher a chief again
Two Army soldiers also are poised to benefit from the president’s apparent intervention in their court-martial cases.

By: Navy Times staff
In a prepared statement sent to Military Times by attorney Phil Stackhouse, Golsteyn’s family said they were “profoundly grateful” that the president ended the soldier’s prosecution.

Stackhouse said Golsteyhn spoke with the president by telephone “for several minutes” on Friday.

“We have lived in constant fear of this runaway prosecution,” Golsteyn said in the statement. “Thanks to President Trump, we now have a chance to rebuild our family and lives. With time, I hope to regain my immense pride in having served in our military. In the meantime, we are so thankful for the support of family members, friends and supporters from around the nation, and our legal team.”

Stackhouse pointed to an Army Board of Inquiry that cleared the major for his alleged misconduct tied to the ambush of the Taliban bomb maker. He said Golsteyn’s legal team remained confident “we would have prevailed in trial, but this action by the president expedited justice in this case.”

“Maj. Golsteyn should have been medically retired years ago because of service-related injuries and allowed to move on with his life and family. Instead, the Army secretly pursued him for seven years. The origination and true motivation of this prosecution remains a mystery. We urge the Army to learn from this flawed, compromised prosecution and prevent similar abuses in the future.”

Esper: ‘Robust’ conversation with Trump about proposed pardons for SEAL, two soldiers
The president is expected to make his decision by Veterans Day.

By: Meghann Myers
Attorneys for Lorance did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Trump has exercised his pardoning powers often during his administration, including in the case of another soldier earlier this year.

Former 1st Lt. Michael Behenna had been paroled from Leavenworth in 2014, after receiving a 15-year sentence for murdering an alleged al-Qaida operative in Iraq in 2009.

And in 2018, he pardoned former Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Kristian Saucier, who spent a year in jail after pleading guilty in 2016 to taking cell phone photos of his work space on board the attack submarine Alexandria ― prohibited, as the entirety of a submarine is considered a classified area.

Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, in a statement blasted the moves by the president.

“With this utterly shameful use of presidential powers, Trump has sent a clear message of disrespect for law, morality, the military justice system, and those in the military who abide by the laws of war,” she said.

Army Times reporter Kyle Rempfer contributed to this story.

Flawed Testimony Exposed – An Observation

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The Democrat Party favors the unscriptural killing of babies up until the time of birth, as well as same sex marriage. Democrats not only want its citizens to accept such things that God has said are wrong, they want US citizens to embrace these, and other unscriptural things, that Democrats are trying to pass, and force on the USA, as law. Democrats want to penalize, under law, those whom do not “accept and embrace,” their ungodly agenda, such as was in the case of a baker who would not “design” a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. The baker would sell a cake to anyone but, because of his Christian beliefs, he would not design such a “cake of abomination.” Neither President Trump, nor the Republican Party which the the President represents, supports the Democrat progressive agenda of forcing the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage on our country. Democrats also want to take down the borders of the USA and allow anyone to gain entrance to our country, regardless of legality of entrance. The Democrat Party wants to turn the United States Republic into a socialist country. Democrats do not support Israel, as do President Trump and the Republican Party. In the 2016 US Presidential election, Democrats lost the Presidency and their desired agenda of: killing unborn babies, same-sex marriage, no borders, and support of Israel’s enemies. Because of the loss of Hillary Clinton to be the US President, and to lead the Democrats’ ungodly progressive agenda, the Democrat Party has been trying to remove Republican President Trump from office ever since he took office.

Impeachment is the first step in the process of the U.S. House of Representatives’ attempt to remove a President, or other federal official, from office. If an impeachment vote is successful, the United States Senate tries the President, with the U.S. Supreme Court present during the hearings. Two-thirds of the members of the U.S. Senate must vote in favor of removing a President from office.

The impeachment process of President Trump is now taking place. The video of Republican Congressman Jordan shows him exposing the flawed testimony of a U.S. official who is a tool of Democrats in its attempt to remove President Trump from office.

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Gov. Newsom signs bill requiring public colleges to provide abortion pill

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California students at public colleges and universities will soon have access to the abortion pill on campus. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 24, also known as the College Student Right to Access Act, which requires University of California and California State University campuses to offer the abortion pill. Watch the video above for the full story. 628 views•Oct 13, 2019. KCRA News. 59.7K subscribers.

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California’s new abortion-on-campus law
by Harvest Prude/WORLD , posted Monday, October 14, 2019 (17 hours ago)

EDITOR’S NOTE: See expanded version of this report on Tuesday (Oct. 15).

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) — California becomes the first state to require all public universities to offer abortion-inducing pills to students on campus. The bill signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsome, a Democrat, on Friday (Oct. 11) takes effect in 2023.
The medications, taken in two doses, are commonly prescribed to women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant.

How are pro-life advocates responding?

The new law means state taxpayers and students will likely underwrite the costs of the abortions. The state Department of Finance reportedly estimated the cost of the program would exceed the amount funded by private grant money.

Pro-life advocates are vowing to resist the expansion of similar legislation to other states.

“The pro-life generation will not sit back and watch their college and university campuses be turned into Planned Parenthood’s new money-making machine,” Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said.

Harvest Prude writes for WORLD Digital, a division of WORLD Magazine (www.wng.org) based in Asheville, NC. Used by permission.

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O’Rourke’s tax-exempt opposition draws response – The First Amendment

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Beto O’Rourke: Church Must Lose Tax-Exempt Status If They Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

O’Rourke’s tax-exempt opposition draws response. by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 11, 2019.

The First Amendment text reads:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of speech, religion and the press. It also protects the right to peaceful protest and to petition the government. The amendment was adopted in 1791 along with nine other amendments that make up the Bill of Rights – a written document protecting civil liberties under U.S. law. https://www.history.com/topics/united-states-constitution/first-amendment

Liberals fail to acknowledge the fact that money that is given to congregations has already been taxed. Church buildings are built by using money that has already been taxed.

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O’Rourke’s tax-exempt opposition draws response

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s declaration churches should lose their tax-exempt status if they do not agree with same-sex marriage drew quick rebuttals from Southern Baptist leaders and others.
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LOS ANGELES (BP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s declaration churches should lose their tax-exempt status if they do not agree with same-sex marriage drew quick rebuttals from Southern Baptist leaders and others.
If elected president, the former congressman from Texas said he would make such a policy a priority in response to a question during the Power of Our Pride Presidential Town Hall Thursday night (Oct. 10) in Los Angeles. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation sponsored the town hall, and CNN conducted and telecast the event. HRC is the world’s largest civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

CNN host Don Lemon asked O’Rourke during the town hall, “Do you think religious institutions — like colleges, churches, charities — should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?”

“Yes,” O’Rourke replied to a cheering audience. “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone, or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.

“And so as president, we are going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore called O’Rourke’s comments “alarming because they represent precisely what those on his side of these issues have said for years that they are not seeking to do.”

“Tax exemption for churches is not a ‘reward,’ but a recognition that the power to tax is the power to destroy,” said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, in written comments for Baptist Press. “And, indeed, with these comments Congressman O’Rourke threatens to destroy every church, synagogue or other religious institution that does not adopt his viewpoint on sexual ethics over and against their own traditions and authoritative texts. That is not the American way.”

Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, tweeted, “I believe this is where the entire left is headed. I have been saying for years this will someday happen. Will it be sooner than later?!”

In a written statement, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., described O’Rourke’s plan as “extreme intolerance” that is “un-American.”

“The whole point of the First Amendment is that, no matter who you love and where you worship, everyone is created with dignity and we don’t use government power to decide which religious beliefs are legitimate and which aren’t,” Sasse said. “This bigoted nonsense would target a lot of sincere Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Leaders from both political parties have a duty to flatly condemn this attack on very basic American freedoms.”

The AND Campaign — which promotes “redemptive justice [and] values-based policy” — tweeted, “This would devastate churches, mosques & temples that house immigrants, feed the poor, educate children, visit the sick (&) love LGBTQ people even when they disagree with them.”

O’Rourke’s comments and the responses reflect the ongoing battle between religious liberty and sexual liberty being waged in the United States on several fronts.

Nine Democrats appeared at the town hall, but Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey was the only other candidate to be asked about tax exemptions for institutions that disagree with gay marriage, according to news reports. He did not provide a direct answer, CNN reported.

According to CNN, Booker said he believes “fundamentally that discrimination is discrimination. And if you are using your position to try to discriminate [against] others, there must be consequences to that. And I will make sure to hold them accountable, using” the Department of Justice or another investigatory body.

Tom Strode is Washington bureau chief for Baptist Press.

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