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U.S. State Department Lawyers Removing References To ISIS ‘Genocide’ Against Christians, Other Religious Minorities

The State Dept.  needs to be purged of Obama appointees.

The State Department’s top lawyers are systematically removing the word “genocide” to describe the Islamic State’s mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from speeches before they are delivered and other official documents, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies.

Additionally, Democratic senators are delaying confirmation of Mark Green, Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Agency for International Development who has broad bipartisan support.

These efforts guarantee that Obama-era policies that worked to exclude Iraq’s Christian and other minority religious populations from key U.S. aid programs remain in place, the activists said.

Richard Visek, who was appointed by President Obama as head the State Department’s Office of Legal Adviser in October 2016, is behind the decision to remove the word “genocide” from official documents, according to Nina Shea, an international human rights lawyer who directs the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.  FoxNews

State Dept.  Justification of Terrorism

Judging by the standard used by the authors of State Department’s reporting on Israel in the newly released Country Reports on Terrorism for 2016, the Palestinian terrorist who violently stabbed to death three Israelis and seriously wounded another as they celebrated the Shabbat and the birth of a new grandson should not be held responsible.

Why?  Because as the State Department puts it, it is the “frustration” with and “perception” of Israel’s policies that drives Palestinian terrorists to murder Israelis.

The State Department’s report claims that the “[c]ontinued drivers of [Palestinian] violence” are Israel’s policies.  Accordingly, Palestinian terrorists like this one commit violence not because schools, television, newspapers, mosques, and social media are constantly inciting to violence against Israel and its Jewish citizens.  Moreover, the report praises Mahmoud Abbas’s “commitment to fight terrorism” and call for “culture of peace and tolerance and the renunciation of violence and extremism.”  It also notes that the “PA’s Palestinian Broadcasting Company’s code of conduct does not allow programming that encourages ‘violence against any person or institution on the basis of race, religion, political beliefs, or sex.'”  Apparently, in a thin effort to disguise State’s siding with the Palestinians, the report admits that “[i]n practice, however, some instances of incitement took place via official media. There were also some instances of inflammatory rhetoric and the posting of political cartoons glorifying violence on official Fatah Facebook pages.”  “[S]ome instances”?  Try every day, everywhere, all the time.

The Palestinian terrorists, according to the State Department, are driven to such extreme violence because of “lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood, Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank … [and] the perception that the Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount.”  Moreover, the report also blames the IDF for its effort to curb such violence “with tactics that the Palestinians considered overly aggressive.”

The authors of the report don’t consider Palestinians murdering Israelis at their homes, streets, bus stations, stores, and coffee houses, “overly aggressive.”  If this outrageous attitude continues, how long before the State Department describes the actions of Palestinians breaking into Israeli homes and murdering the elderly, women, and children at their dinner table as “defensive actions”?  AmericanThinker

FBI Files Contain Allegations Of ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Offer From State Department

Credit: Thos Fluharty
Credit: Thos Fluharty

Criminal, if true.  Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy offered the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions oversea if they would downgrade the classification of Hillary emails that contained classified information.

FBI interview summaries and notes, provided late Friday to the House Government Oversight and Intelligence Committees, contain allegations of a “quid pro quo” between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, two congressional sources told Fox News.

Quid Pro Quo

He said “there was an alleged quid pro quo” involving Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and the FBI “over at least one classified email.”

“In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” Chaffetz said. Fox News.

One email marked unclassified actually contained classified information.

The story about potential reclassification of Clinton emails unfolds over three of the summaries. A senior FBI official in the international operations division describes conversations with Kennedy about the classification of emails. In his interview, this official says his section of the FBI had attempted to contact Kennedy repeatedly over the course of several months in the spring of 2015. Kennedy did not return the calls. In the late spring or early summer of 2015, the FBI official reported to work surprised to find a note indicating that Kennedy had called.

According to the summary, Kennedy wanted help. The FBI official spoke with Kennedy and Kennedy raised the possibility of keeping at least one Clinton email from public disclosure by obtaining a “B9” exemption under the Freedom of Information Act, a rarely used exemption that refers to “geological and geophysical information and data.” One email in particular concerned Kennedy and, according to the FBI summary, providing a B9 exemption “would allow him to archive the document in the basement of the department of state never to be seen again.” The FBI official told Kennedy that he would look into the email if Kennedy would authorize a pending request for additional FBI personnel in Iraq.

A summary of an interview with the section chief of the FBI records management division provides further evidence of Kennedy’s attempts to have the classification of some sensitive emails changed. The FBI records official, whose job includes making determinations on classification, told investigators that he was approached by his colleague in international operations after the initial discussion with Kennedy. The FBI records official says that his colleague “pressured” him to declassify an email “in exchange for a quid pro quo,” according to the interview summary. “In exchange for making the email unclassified State would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.” The request was denied.  WeeklyStandard

Counter Terrorism Division

Kennedy took the email discussion all the way up to Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the Counter terrorism Division (CTD), who refused to change the classification. After Steinbach said the FBI would not comment on the matter to the public, Clinton appeared before the press and said she had not sent classified emails via her private server.

Kennedy later told another official from the FBI’s International Operations Division (IOD) that the email’s classification “caused problems” for him, and that he wanted it classified B9, so it could be archived “in the basement of DOS never to be seen again.”

However, when the CTD explained that the classified email was related to the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the official told Kennedy there was “no way” he could declassify it. RT

Statement: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) & Chairman Devin Nunes (R-California) of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

“We find Under Secretary Kennedy’s actions extremely disturbing. Those who receive classified intelligence should not barter in it – that is reckless behavior with our nation’s secrets. Someone who would try to get classification markings doctored should not continue serving in the State Department or retain access to classified information,”Chaffetz and Nunes said in a statement.

U.S. State Department Again Promotes Work Of Muslim Cleric Who Backed Killing of U.S. Soldiers

3dmanholdingheadThe U.S. State Department is again promoting the works of Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah.

In 2014 the U.S. State Department promoted then apologized for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar,  Abdallah Bin Bayyah, whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The Department of State has again promoted the work of a controversial Muslim scholar who has endorsed a fatwa calling for the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, according to a series of tweets sent out by an official Twitter account that is tasked with combatting extremist ideologies.

In a series of five separate tweets on Wednesday, the State Department’s Think Again, Turn Away account, which works to combat radical Islam, promoted a recent NPR discussion with Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, a one-time vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, an organization founded by a Muslim Brotherhood leader “who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.,” according to reports.

Bin Bayyah is reported to have been one of multiple clerics who backed a 2004 fatwa, or religious decree, endorsing violent resistance against American soldiers fighting in Iraq.  FreeBeacon

State Dept. Reversal: Iraqi Nun Uprooted By ISIS Denied Visa Now Allowed To Visit US

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Sister Diana Momeka

The U.S. State Department has reversed a controversial decision denying a visitor visa for an Iraqi Catholic nun who sought to tell Americans about ISIS’ violent persecution of Christians.

Sister Diana Momeka, an Iraqi nun, was denied a visitor visa by the U.S. consulate in Erbil, Iraq to enter the United States.  Sister Diana  was part of a delegation of minority groups coming to Washington for official meetings to describe the atrocities in their areas.  The group included representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities.  The only delegate in the group denied a visitor visa was Sister Diana.

Sister Diana Momeka is a leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and chased from their homes in and around Mosul by ISIS.Momeka, who has been likened to Mother Teresa for her work with the poor and persecuted, was turned down, she said, because she was “internally displaced” in Iraq, and deemed a risk to stay in the U.S., where she once lived and studied for six years. Ironically, her displacement came at the hands of ISIS, and is the very subject she hopes to discuss during her trip. [The State Dept. calling her a deceiver?]

“That really hurt,” Sister Diana told Nina Shea, director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, in a phone interview after the visa was denied….

Sister Diana had multiple documents vouching for her and the temporary nature of her visit, to support her application. A letter from her prioress, Sister Maria Hana, attested that the nun has been gainfully employed since last February with Babel College for Philosophy and Theology in Erbil, and is contracted to teach there in the 2015–16 academic year. Erbil, some 60 miles east of Mosul, has remained safe from ISIS.

She submitted an invitation from her sponsors, the Institute for Global Engagement and 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, headed by former Republican Congressman Frank Wolf. She also had an endorsement letter from Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif. FoxNews

Sister Diana will be in the U.S in mid-May.

US State Department Apologizes for Promoting Muslim Cleric Who Called For Killing of U.S. Soldiers In Iraq

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The U.S. State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar,  Bin Bayyah,  whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah is the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a controversial organization founded  by Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi–a Muslim Brotherhood leader “who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.,” according to Fox News.

Last Friday the CT Bureau tweeted a link to a press release on Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah’s site condemning the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram group.

Terrorism analyst Patrick Poole said that the State Department must more carefully choose the Muslim leaders it promotes.

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Hillary Clinton’s State Department Would Not Label Nigerian Boko Haram as Terrorists

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State of the United States received assessments and urging from the CIA, FBI, the Justice Department, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, General Ham, and some members of Congress … to designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

Opponents to designating Boko Haram were concerned that adding the group to the FTO list would make the United States and Western interest more of a target and would enhance Boko Haram’s status among extremist groups. The opponents were  21 U.S. based African studies academics, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell, some members of the State Department, the Nigerian government, and Scholars on Twitter.

As Secretary of State of the United States Hillary Clinton’s leadership is open to  question. Secretary Hillary Clinton seems to have disregarded the assessments and urging from the CIA, FBI, the Justice Department, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, General Ham, and some members of Congress.

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