Heh: Al Qaeda starts a ‘complaint department’

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What kind of complaints might they get? “The coffee cream in the bomb vest assembly room is a little sour”?

From the UK Telegraph:

The organisation is the leading militia in the north-eastern part of rebel-held Syria, and has taken control of parts of the civilian administration in the city of Raqqa.

It posted a new notice there this week saying it was open to receiving complaints from members of the public.

“Any one who might have a complaint against any element of the Islamic state, whether the Emir or an ordinary soldier, can come and submit their complaint in any headquarters building of the Islamic state,” the notice said. “The complaint should be in writing, provide details and give evidence.

I’ll go out on a limb and predict that a month from now that complaint box will remain emptier than Joe Biden’s head.

AP: Al Qaeda Fires Operative for Not Filing His TPS Reports; Operative Starts Competing Terror Organization

With a hat tip to @NickConfessore, this Associated Press story could serve as the synopsis for the script to “Office Space II: Peter Gibbons Goes Rogue”:

After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida’s North African branch sent one final letter to their most difficult employee. In page after scathing page, they described how he didn’t answer his phone when they called, failed to turn in his expense reports, ignored meetings and refused time and again to carry out orders.

Most of all, they claimed he had failed to carry out a single spectacular operation, despite the resources at his disposal.

The employee, international terrorist Moktar Belmoktar, responded the way talented employees with bruised egos have in corporations the world over: He quit and formed his own competing group. And within months, he carried out two lethal operations that killed 101 people in all: one of the largest hostage-takings in history at a BP-operated gas plant in Algeria in January, and simultaneous bombings at a military base and a French uranium mine in Niger just last week.

To top it off, according to an AQ business manager, Belmoktar stole printer cartridges and continued to write ransom demands on Al Qaeda letterhead even after being let go by the company.

Here’s just one example of the kind of thing Belmoktar was expected to put up with while working for his previous employer:

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“I’m also gonna need you to go ahead and terrorize on Sunday, too… mm-kay? Thanks.”

Obama: No, Really, We’re Going to Start Closing Down Gitmo Pretty Soon

In 2008, candidate Obama made numerous promises that if elected president he would immediately close the prison at Guantanamo Bay:

Today, some five years later, Obama’s going to call (again) for steps that could culminate in the shuttering of the prison. Problem is, those steps involve sending some of the suspects back to one of the world’s foremost terrorism incubators:

President Obama will announce Thursday that the White House plans to lift the ban on sending detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen, Fox News confirms, a move that could effectively resume efforts to close down the prison.

That effort, however, has been stymied because many countries don’t want the detainees or are unwilling or unable to guarantee that once transferred, detainees who may continue to be a threat will not be released.

There are currently about 166 prisoners at Guantanamo, and 86 have been approved for transfer as long as security restrictions are met.

Sending terror suspects to Yemen as long as security restrictions are met is like sending Michael Moore to McDonalds to lose weight as long as everybody promises not to let him near any food.

Flashback to March of last year:

(Reuters) – The proportion of militants released from detention at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay who subsequently were believed to have returned to the battlefield rose slightly over the last year, according to official figures released on Monday.

In a summary report, the office of the Director of National Intelligence said that 27.9 percent of the 599 former detainees released from Guantanamo were either confirmed or suspected of later engaging in militant activity.

The alternate title to this post could also be “Obama proposes speeding up Yemen/Gitmo revolving door.”

Last but not least, a new strategy to combat terrorism:

WaPo Fact Checks Obama Claim That He Referred to Benghazi as an ‘Act of Terrorism’ From Day 1

“The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.” – President Obama, May 13, 2013
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Four Pinocchios, according to Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post.

I’d throw in a fifth Pinocchio just because Obama has repeated this lie so many times. He never used the word “terrorism” in reference to Benghazi. But don’t take my word for it:

For instance, on Sept. 12, immediately after the Rose Garden statement the day after the attack, Obama sat down with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes and acknowledged he purposely avoided the using the word “terrorism:”

KROFT: “Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word ‘terrorism’ in connection with the Libya attack.”

OBAMA: “Right.”

KROFT: “Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?”

OBAMA: “Well, it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.”

And yet the producer of a YouTube video remains in prison.

Obama on Benghazi Controversy: There’s No ‘There’ There

“There’s no ‘there’ there” is the new “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”:

Well, there’s no “there” there now because people angry about an offensive YouTube video terrorists destroyed the place.

Obama today also called the Benghazi investigation a “sideshow.” It must be distracting from the IRS’s efforts to crack down on conservatives.

Politically speaking, being so dismissive about Benghazi criticism could backfire on Obama. He and his administration flat out lied to the country about the murder of four Americans, and even the MSM is starting to catch on — albeit very late. Of course, Obama knows he probably won’t face too much scrutiny because his administration can always count on family.

Let Obama tell this woman there’s no “there” there:

“I do want to say just one thing, though. I want to wish Hillary [Clinton] a happy Mother’s Day. She’s got her child. I don’t have mine because of her.”

House Benghazi Hearing Open Thread

It’s on.

If you want to watch online, the second video here seems to be the least glitchy feed.

So far the “whistleblowers” are testifying what they’ve previously been reported as saying — that there was no demonstration prior to the attack and that rapid rescue troops in the country were ordered (by somebody) to stand down — and the Democrats on the panel are doing their best to protect Hillary’s 2016 campaign. That’s evidenced by Elijah Cummings’ opening statement:

Dems keep citing the Accountability Review Board, but they’re not reminding everyone that the panel is now under investigation for failing to interview key witnesses (I’ll bet my house that those witnesses coincidentally all have stories that go against the administration’s version of the attack and its aftermath).

Dem Rep. Clay was the first (that I’ve heard at this hearing) to blame the attack on GOP cuts. Not that it would matter to the Dems, but that was covered:

Remember Hillary’s “what difference does it make” while watching part of the opening statement of Eric Nordstrom, a former regional security officer in Libya:

Update: Hicks testified that the State Department told him not to meet with congressional investigators. #Transparency

If you’re watching the hearing, you might have noticed that some of the libs on the committee are being careful not to impugn the witnesses credibility or experience, but rather decrying Republicans using their testimony “for political purposes” which insinuates the witnesses are lying. The Dems know these guys are credible so they’re being careful not to square off directly with them but rather are doing so through an intermediary GOP straw man. Other Dems, like Cummings, are taking a more simple approach: “The witnesses are wrong because the Obama administration says they are.”

Update II: And the paper that took down Nixon simply yawns these days:

Well What Do You Know… the Defense Department Did Have Assets Off the Coast of Libya if Needed for a Rescue

Just not for Chris Stevens and not last September:

When then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unannounced part-of-the-day visit to Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011, the U.S. Defense Department pre-positioned assets off the Libyan coast in case it needed to rescue the secretary of state.

The fact that the assets were pre-positioned for Clinton’s visit was included in the annual report of the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (BDS).

Here’s part of the page from that report (PDF):

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Before her visit to Tripoli in 2011, when they asked Hillary if she wanted extra military protection just in case, do you think she answered “what difference does it make?”

Remember To Yell ‘Benghazi’ — Preferably When Someone Scores in Basketball

Guest post written by Joyanna Adams
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In his second term, Obama is fearless. When the news came out that the administration had threatened the witnesses of Benghazi against testifying — hindering all requested lawyer representation — Obama immediately called a press conference, and looked down at his notes and asked himself the question he wanted asked. That question was from a loyal reporter whose worried face expressed caring and devotion to the man who had just called and congratulated a gay and black basketball player for coming out and admitting in this world of religious zealots that… he was gay. (I say, let’s reward him by sending him to Benghazi!)

The reporter wanted to know — amidst all the latest stories about the Boston Bombing — what would this do to Obama’s agenda? As if Obama’s agenda was the most important thing to happen to the world since… the birth of Obama.

And to that, Obama talked forever about how all his wonderful programs were going to come, and if we were not graced by them, it was because the Republicans were holding his greatness back.

Obama quoted Mark Twain: “The news of my demise has been exaggerated.” (To that Mark Twain would say: “Too bad.”)

Clearly, Obama and Hillary Clinton left the people in Benghazi to die. Neither one of them tried to save them. In fact, they set them up for it by not addressing the many letters sent to them saying: “We’re going to die here! HELP!”

I suggest we all stand around at Starbucks and just yell “I want a latte with a double squirt of caramel and… Benghazi!”

Or, when we go to a movie, yell in the dark right before the credits roll: “Benghazi!”

How about in the bathroom of the local Home Depot: If you are shy, while in your stall, just yell “Benghazi” until everyone leaves. It’s also important that we keep the memory alive in the general population. In fact, be brave. Go down to your local police station and yell “Benghazi!” Be sure to have your best running shoes on.

Because if we don’t, we will only see more of this:

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Guest post written by Joyanna Adams

Update (DP): Related to Joyanna’s post, here’s Jay Carney today saying Benghazi happened “a long time ago.” Try saying that to the faces of the family members, Jay.

Of Course: Boston Marathon Bomber was Supported by Taxpayers

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This guy’s crime wouldn’t have been any less horrific if he’d have been self-sufficient, but it does add a bit of insult to the injury to find out he was sponging off the same people he hated, maimed and killed:

Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.

State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaev’s attorney has claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home.

In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state.

And now we’re paying for his health care.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was also reportedly angry that the world pictures Islam as a violent religion. He sure proved them wrong, didn’t he?

FBI Fence Jump of the Day

A bit of laughter amid the otherwise tense situation in Boston as an FBI agent scales a fence that he could have just opened:

Was that Mr. Chow from The Hangover?

And here’s a rich piece of irony: The injured jihadi in custody is currently being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Hopefully the hospital staff is reminding him of that several times an hour.

As far as the marathon bombing story goes, conflicting headlines:

#1Boston mayor: Bombing suspects acted alone

#2FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev