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New York Times Reporter: Obama Administration Misled on al Qaeda

The new bin Laden documents make clear that there was intelligence politicization during the 2012 campaign.


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A top foreign correspondent at the New York Times said Friday that the Obama administration deliberately downplayed al Qaeda’s strength in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election.


“The overall narrative that I think was being pushed to the press, and if you look back at the editorials that were done when that trove came out, was an image of bin Laden isolated, he had lost control of this group,” Rukmini Callimachi said during an event at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, referring to the 17 hand-picked documents released by the Obama administration in May of 2012.


Her remarks triggered the following question from Kim Dozier, a former top correspondent for the Associated Press and CBS, and current executive editor of the Cipher Brief: “Do you think that was something that was kept from the public’s view because it revealed that there had to be reams of communication going back and forth, which means U.S. intelligence, Western intelligence, was missing this?”


“Think back to when bin Laden was killed. It was 2011, it was right before a major campaign season. I don’t want to underplay the role that the killing of Osama bin Laden had,” said Callimachi. “But I think that that was theorized into something much bigger.”


“The head of the organization has been killed, and now—these are literally quotes that I would get: the organization has been ‘decimated,’ the organization is in ‘disarray,’ the organization is ‘on the run,’” she continued. “At the same time that we were preparing to pull out troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, I think that it was important to portray this as a problem that no longer existed.”


* * *The Trump administration released roughly 470,000 files in November that were captured in the Abbottabad raid. Only a few hundred were released under the Obama administration, despite one official’s description of the haul as enough to fill a “small college library.”


When Callimachi was covering West Africa in 2011, Obama administration officials and others told her that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which had just taken over the northern half of Mali, “was actually not really connected to al Qaeda.”


“The narrative I would get is that . . . it had opportunistically taken the al Qaeda name in order to have prestige and scare people, and that in fact those people were just criminals,” she said.


In 2013, after AQIM had been cleared out of the area, Callimachi began sorting through thousands of files that had been left in the city of Timbuktu. She discovered evidence that “central” al Qaeda commanders were actually “micromanag[ing]” the Malians who the Obama administration had said had no ties to al Qaeda.


“Suddenly, my worldview, which had been informed by officials . . . started to fall apart,” she said. “Suddenly, I was seeing that this group that I was told really had no ties, with no connection . . . was in fact being micromanaged by al Qaeda central.”


Callimachi said that the recently released documents from the bin Laden raid underscore the reality of the relationship between al Qaeda and its affiliates.


“In fact, the new trove that has now come out confirms very much what I was seeing in Mali, which is not just real connective tissue, but connective tissue to the point of [these affiliates] being micromanaged from Afghanistan and Pakistan,” she said. “Very minor personnel decisions are being decided by the group thousands of miles away.”


The newly released files, which panelists said represented the “digital life” of Osama bin Laden and his family, include bin Laden’s personal journal, video of his son, Hamza bin Laden, audio reports on al Qaeda in Iraq, and communications about the Pakistani Taliban.


The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’ Thomas Joscelyn, who along with Bill Roggio has been pushing for the full release of bin Laden documents since 2012, said the administration attached a narrative to those files that al Qaeda was “on the decline” and that “there was no cohesion” among terror groups fighting from West Africa to the Middle East.


“That narrative that came out in 2012, we knew immediately was wrong, totally wrong, and was basically a cherry picked version of what’s going on,” he said.



Source: New York Times Reporter: Obama Administration Misled on al Qaeda
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YoNews Portal / Underwater volcano Bayonnaise Rocks erupts off Japan
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Underwater volcano Bayonnaise Rocks erupts off Japan

On November 14, 2017, Japanese Coast Guards reported for the first time since July 11th a surface discoloration and air bubbles rising over the underwater volcano Bayonnaise Rocks situated in the Izu archipelago, south of Aogashima, Japan. Its largest underwater eruption this year was recorded in March 2017. An explosive underwater eruption of Bayonnaise rocks […]


The post Underwater volcano Bayonnaise Rocks erupts off Japan appeared first on STRANGE SOUNDS - AMAZING, WEIRD AND ODD PHENOMENA.


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Today's News / Video: France Fueled Extremism By Abandoning Poor
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Video: France Fueled Extremism By Abandoning Poor

The French president is blaming his predecessors for fueling the rise of extremism in the country.

Source: Video: France Fueled Extremism By Abandoning Poor

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Today's News / INSIDE THE CONGRESSIONAL SHUSH FUND
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INSIDE THE CONGRESSIONAL SHUSH FUND

Tucker Carlson with Jason Chaffetz. This issue that isn't well publicized but taxpayers are footing the bill for secret settlements of sexual harassment cases.  
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Today's News / Japanese tug boat scrapes U.S. Navy ship during exercise
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Japanese tug boat scrapes U.S. Navy ship during exercise

The U.S. Navy says a Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into an American guided-missile destroyer during a towing exercise.

Source: Japanese tug boat scrapes U.S. Navy ship during exercise
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Surgeons remove worms, other parasites from North Korean soldier

Surgeons treating a North Korean soldier who was severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea this past week removed dozens of parasites from his body, including presumed roundworms that were as long as 27 centimetres (10.6 inches).

Source: Surgeons remove worms, other parasites from North Korean soldier
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“Helpless, Raging” Charlottesville Families Shocked By These 2018 Obamacare Premiums…”It’s Horrific”

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com

Nov 17, 2017


Over the past several months, Democrats have jumped on every opportunity possible to blame the Trump administration for yet another year of staggering Obamacare premium increases.  Ironically, despite arguments from the Left that Trump’s defunding of Obamacare’s marketing budget would cause 2018 signups to plunge, as Politico recently noted, they’re actually up in 2018…which begs the question: was the Obama administration just wasting $100 million a year in taxpayer money for nothing?  Shocking thought, we know.


Meanwhile a fresh barrage of outcries from Democrats, most notably Ms. Nancy Pelosi, came after Trump’s decision to cut federal subsidies, an action which the CBO insisted could result in devastating premium increases of up to 20%.


Of course, if Trump is responsible for 20% of Obamacare’s premium hikes in 2018, then perhaps Nancy Pelosi should explain to the Dixon family in Charlottesville, VA precisely who is responsible for the other portion of the 235% premium hike they just received.


As the Washington Post points out this morning, the Dixons, a family of 4 in Virginia, were shocked earlier this month to find that their Obamacare premiums were going to surge from roughly $900 per month in 2017 to over $3,000 per month in 2018.


Ian Dixon, who left his full-time job in 2016 to pursue an app-development business, did so because the ACA guaranteed that he could still have quality coverage for his young family, he said.


But when the 38-year-old Charlottesville husband and father of a 3- and a 1-year-old went to re-enroll this month, his only choice for coverage would cost him more than $3,000 a month for his family of four, which amounted to an increase of more than 300 percent over the $900 he paid the year before. And this is for the second-cheapest option, with a deductible of $9,200.


“Helpless is definitely a good word for it,” Dixon said. “Rage is also a good word for it.”


The Rest…HERE



Source: “Helpless, Raging” Charlottesville Families Shocked By These 2018 Obamacare Premiums…”It’s Horrific”
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Multiple Clergymen Busted in FBI Sting for Sex-Trafficking Children

sex-traffickingThree pastors have been indicted on charges of child sex-trafficking for recruiting, grooming and soliciting girls as young as 14 years old.
Source: Multiple Clergymen Busted in FBI Sting for Sex-Trafficking Children
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Japan Wants War With North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Not Dialogue, New Poll Shows

Japan Wants War With North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Not Dialogue, New Poll Shows  NewsweekChina Says Will Work With North Korea to Boost Ties as Envoy Visits  U.S. News & World ReportNorth Korea Says China Stressed `Friendly Relations' in Talks  BloombergA 'preventive' war with North Korea would be total hell. Here's why  Fox NewsFull coverage

Source: Japan Wants War With North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Not Dialogue, New Poll Shows

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Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid blackouts, controversial contract

Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid blackouts, controversial contract  Chicago TribuneThe Puerto Rican migration could shape Florida politics for years to come  CNNChief Of Puerto Rico's Power Authority Resigns Under Fire  NPRPuerto Rico is still in the dark  Washington PostA Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando  New York TimesFull coverage

Source: Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid blackouts, controversial contract

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