Category Archives: 9/11

Angel over Ground Zero, September 2016

On September 9, 2016, a professional photographer named Richard McCormack took a pic of the New York city skyline, and captured the beam of light shooting up from One World Trade Center — Ground Zero of 9/11.

Photo by Richard McCormack

Photo by Richard McCormack

On Sept. 12, 2016, McCormack posted the pic to his Facebook page, with this comment:

Zoom in to the top of beam do you see something, I took this photo no photo shop no gimmicks took many and only one showed this image ,copyright Richard J McCormack 9/9/2016

Here’s a close-up of the figure at the top of the beam of light.

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McCormack describes himself as a clerk at the County of Hudson, and a photographer at The Jersey Journal.

His intriguing photo has been published in a number of venues, including New Jersey 101.5:

Richard McCormack took several pictures of the Sept. 11 memorial lights on Friday. All of the pictures looked pretty much the same – all but one that depicts an image he can’t quite explain.

At the very top of one of the beam, where it meets the clouds, there appears to be a distinctly human-like figure. The Jersey City man, who freelances as a photographer around Hudson County, said the image didn’t appear in any of the identical photos he took from the same location, and the pictures wasn’t altered or edited in any way. In fact, McCormack said, he doesn’t even know how to use editing programs such as Photoshop.

According to McCormack, the picture was taken from the waterfront in Hoboken during a festival late last week — just two days before the country held countless services and events in memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. The Hudson County man, a former postal worker who serves on the Jersey City Zoning Board, has seen the memorial lights before. He’s photographed them numerous times, but he says seeing the image at the top of the beam was a complete surprise.

“I did a double-take not knowing really what it was, but as I zoomed in it almost looked liked a vision of the Lord with his arms crossed,” said McCormack, who still remembers the horror that unfolded on 9/11. “I got very emotional, and I got tears in my eyes.”

McCormack said that while he does believe in prayer, he admittedly doesn’t go to church every week. He can’t say with any certainty what the image at the top of the beam is, but several people who commented on his picture on Facebook believe it’s spiritual, with many people saying they believe it to be an angel. At least one person recalled seeing it with her own eyes as she was driving.

“Yup. It’s an angel. Noticed it last night driving on the parkway,” Diane Brennan commented on the image, which McCormack posted around 9 p.m. Monday night and was quickly shared almost two dozen times.

Other people also commented, saying they believed it to be an angel or Jesus. Others, who know of McCormack’s lack of photo editing abilities, even commented on the authenticity of the picture.

“If someone else took the pic I would think this was Photoshopped…great pic Rich,” Linda Conner said.

Another person, Yvette Cid, also posted a comment saying, “Rich I know you don’t photo shop that’s an awesome pic wow I lost my two boys and I believe this is a sign to all that have lost a love one.”

Nancy Diaz, another commenter, said “it looks like there’s someone up there looking down.”

In fact, although he took the photos last week, McCormack said he didn’t even notice the anomaly until today. He said had he seen it yesterday, on 9/11, he would’ve been even more emotional.

“That day turned a lot of things around and changed our country,” he said of the terrorist attacks.

McCormack acknowleged that many people would either assume the photo was altered or that they would believe the image atop the beam can be easily attributed to other, non-spiritual factors such as the shape of the clouds. As of now, though, he still has no explanation but said he’s content knowing that so many people found a sense of comfort in seeing the photo.

See also “Angel and Devil on 9/11“.

~Eowyn

Huma Abedin was working as assistant editor at her mother’s radical Muslim journal when it blamed America for 9/11 terror attacks

Shocker, not.

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Via Daily Mail: Human Abedin worked at a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11 before being appointed as Clinton’s top aide, it has been revealed.

Abedin, who could become the future White House chief of staff if Hillary wins the election, was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs until as late as 2008, NY Post reports.

The aide was at the journal in 2002 when her mother Saleha Mahmood Abedin, who remains editor-in-chief to this day, published an article which appeared to blame the US for bringing the 9/11 terror attacks on itself, according to the Post.

Saleha Mahmood Abedin

Saleha Mahmood Abedin

The article stated that the United States’ ‘spiral of violence’ was creating intense ‘anger and hostility’ while the sanctions and ‘injustices’ imposed on certain Muslim countries was creating a ‘time bomb’.  ‘It was a time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and the people it aimed to serve,’ Saleha wrote, according to the New York Post.

Huma was listed as ‘assistant editor’ on the masthead of the 2002 controversial issue. 

Abedin has never spoken directly about the articles posted in her mother’s magazine, while she served as assistant editor. But the admiration she has for her mom is clear. In a recent Vogue piece, she described her mother as a feminist who was unhappy when the family moved to the conservative Saudi Arabia. ‘My mother was traveling around the world to these international women’s conferences talking about women’s empowerment, and it was normal,’ she said.

But that viewpoint jars with other articles written in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

Shortly after Clinton gave her seminal ‘women’s rights are human rights,’ speech in Beijing in 1995, the journal published a series of articles hitting back at the speech.

A 1996 piece titled ‘Women’s rights are Islamic rights’, that appeared to claim that women who wore revealing clothes were inviting rape. The author wrote that revealing clothes ‘directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.’

It also states that single or working moms and gay couples with children should not be classed as a family. ‘A conjugal family established through a marriage contract between a man and a woman, and extended through procreation is the only definition of family a Muslim can accept,’ the author, a Saudi official with the Muslim World League – which funds the journal. ‘Pushing [mothers] out into the open labor market is a clear demonstration of a lack of respect of womanhood and motherhood,’ it added.

While the journal published the articles, Abedin had just started working for then-First Lady Clinton as a 19-year-old intern in 1996.

Clinton and Abedin

Clinton and Abedin

Abedin’s mother Saleha Manmood Abedin wrote an article in 1996 claiming Clinton’s women’s rights stance was advancing a ‘very aggressive and radically feminist’ agenda. 

She continued that  empowerment ‘does more harm than benefit the cause of women or their relations with men’ and ‘Among all systems of belief, Islam goes the farthest in restoring equality across gender.’ Incredibly, Saleha Abedin claimed that ‘more men are victims of domestic violence than women.’

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She also helped to edit a book which claims that the practice of female genital mutilation – which has been internationally denounced as barbaric and cruel – was justified under Islamic law, the Post reports.

The articles have only come to light in recent months.

And it may surprise many that someone who looks likely to become the next Chief-of-Staff allowed such views on the devastating 9/11 attacks to be published on her watch.

Neither Abedin nor Hillary Clinton’s campaign have responded to requests for comment. DailyMail.com also reached out to the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

Read the rest of the story here.

DCG

State Department: ‘potential imminent threat’ against Americans in Saudi Arabia

At 10 o’clock this morning, the State Department sent out a tweet, warning of a “potential imminent threat” against U.S. citizens and all tourists in Saudi Arabia, especially in Jeddah, and urges Americans to limit all non-essential travel within the country.

State Dept tweet on threat in Saudi ArabiaState Dept threat warning re. Saudi Arabia

The Saudi travel warning came roughly five hours after a similar announcement from the State Department warning Americans in Turkey to move with caution.

ZeroHedge points out that although official warnings of upcoming threats to US citizens around the globe are generally ignored, this time it is prudent to pay attention because of what recently happened in Turkey:

  • In April 2016, the State Department had quietly warned U.S. citizens of “credible threats” in tourist areas in Turkey, particularly in Istanbul and the southern resort city of Antalya.
  • On June 28, 2016, three terrorists undertook a gun and suicide bombing attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing 41 and injuring more than 230 people.
  • On July 15, 2016, the Turkish military attempted a coup d’êtat, but failed. There are suspicions that the coup was a false flag staged by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to amass more power.

In the case of Saudi Arabia, its stability was recently rattled two weeks ago when a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the US consulate in Jeddah, which makes ominous the State Department’s warning.

Keep in mind that the Saudi government had warned of dire consequences — that it would dump its holding of U.S. treasuries — if the classified 28 pages of the Congressional 9/11 report were to be made public. On July 15, the House Intelligence Committee released the 28 pages, which confirmed the rumors of Saudi involvement.

Since Saudi Arabia, unlike Turkey, is an oil producer, any instability in Saudi Arabia will affect oil prices.

~Eowyn

Congress releases classified 28 pages of 9/11 Report: It’s Saudi Arabia

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee released the long-awaited and much-speculated-about 28 pages from the report by the congressional Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001. 9/11 was the worst attack on U.S. soil in U.S. history, second only to the 1941 Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Until yesterday, those 28 pages had been classified and, we were told, withheld from the American people by both the George W. Bush and Obama Administrations. But it turns out all along it was within the power of Congress to make public those 28 pages! No wonder politicians are held in such low regard by the American people.

The released 28 pages still contain a number of redactions, that appear to be the names of individuals and of Saudi businesses. The pages also make clear that they are based on FBI and CIA documents that the Joint Inquiry had not itself investigated, using the lame excuse that it did not have the resources to conduct such an investigation, which of course is horse manure.

As rumored, the 28 pages indeed implicate Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but not of other rumored countries/governments, such as Israel. The Saudi government has issued a denial, but the 28 pages again and again point to Saudi government officials as being associated and met with, and financially supporting the 9/11 hijackers, including:

  • Former Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Prince Bandar and his wife; “blind” Shaykh al-Thumairy; and Abdullah Bin Laden, brother of Osama Bin Laden.
  • Saudi intelligence officers Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan.
  • Saudi companies and mosques in the U.S. with connections to the Saudi government,

The 28 pages are in PDF format that does not enable copy-and-paste. I have therefore painstakingly transcribed the bulk of the pages into text (see below). I emboldened and colored red certain words, for emphasis. To read the 28 pages in PDF, go here.

Authentic, undoctored photo taken by AP photog Mark D. Phillips on 9/11.

The 9/11 devil face is that of Saudi Arabia. Authentic, undoctored photo taken by AP photog Mark D. Phillips on 9/11.

From the formerly-classified 28 pages:

PART FOUR–FINDING, DISCUSSION AND NARRATIVE REGARDING CERTAIN SENSITIVE NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS

Finding: While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected with the Saudi Government. There is information, primarily from FBI sources, that at least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers. The Joint Inquiry’s review confirmed that the Intelligence Community also has information, much of which has yet to be independently verified, indicating that individuals associated with the Saudi Government in the United States may have other ties to al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups. The FBI and CIA have informed the Joint Inquiry that, since the September 11 attacks, they are treating the Saudi issue seriously, but both still have only a limited understanding of the Saudi Government’s ties to terrorist elements. In their testimony, neither CIA nor FBI witnesses were able to identify definitely the extent of Saudi support for terrorist activity globally or within the United States and the extent to which such support, if it exists, is knowing or inadvertent in nature. The FBI’s Washington Field Office created a squad devoted to [redacted]. Only recently and at least in part due to the Joint Inquiry’s focus on this issue, did the FBI and CIA establish a working group to address the Saudi issue. In the view of the Joint Inquiry, this gap in U.S. intelligence coverage is unacceptable, given the magnitude and immediacy of the potential risk to U.S. national security. The Intelligence Community needs to address this area of concern as aggressively and quickly as possible.

Discussion: One reason for the limited understanding is that it was only after September 11 that the U.S. Government began to aggressively investigate this issue. Prior to September 11, the FBI apparently did not focus investigative resources on [redacted] Saudi nationals in the United States due to Saudi Arabia’s status as an American “ally.” A representative of the FBI [redacted] testified that, prior to September 11, 2001, the FBI received “no reporting from any member of the Intelligence Community” that there was a [redacted] presence in the United States.

According to various FBI documents and at least one CIA memorandum, some of the September 11 hijackers, while in the United States, apparently had contacts with individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government. While the Joint Inquiry uncovered this material during the course of its review of FBI and CIA documents, it did not attempt to investigate and assess the accuracy and significance of this information independently, recognizing that such a task would be beyond the scope of this Joint Inquiry. Instead, the Joint Inquiry referred a detailed compilation of information uncovered by the Inquiry in documents and interviews to the FBI and CIA for further investigation by the Intelligence Community and, if appropriate, law enforcement agencies. A brief summary of the available information regarding some of these individuals is illustrative for purposes of this report:

  • Omar al-Bayoumi. The FBI has received numerous reports from individuals in the Muslim community, dating back to 1999, alleging that al-Bayoumi may be a Saudi intelligence officer. FBI files suggest that al-Bayoumi provided substantial assistance to hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi after they arrived in San Deigo in February 2000. Al-Bayoumi met the hijackers in a public place shorting after his meeting with an individual at the Saudi consulate and there are indications in the files that his encounter with the hijackers may not have been accidental. During this same time-frame, al-Bayoumi had extensive contact with Saudi Government establishments in the United States and received financial support from a Saudi company affiliated with the Saudi Ministry of Defense. According to the FBI files, [redacted] at the company said that al-Bayoumi received a monthly salary even though he had been there on only one occasion. This support increased substantially in April 2000, two months after the hijackers arrived in San Diego, decreased slightly in December 2000, and stayed at the same level until August 2001. That company reportedly had ties with Usami Bin Laden and al-Qa’ida. In addition, the FBI determined that al-Bayoumi was in contact with several individuals under FBI investigation and with the Holy Land Foundation, which has been under investigation as a fundraising front for Hamas.
  • Osama Bassnan. Bassnan may have been in contact with al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi during their time in San Diego. Bassnan was a close associate of al-Bayoumi and Omar Bakarbashat, another one of the hijackers’ close associates. He also lived across the street from the hijackers, and made a comment to an FBI asset that he did more than al-Bayoumi did for the hijackers. According to an FBI document, Bassnan told another individual that he met al-Hazmi through al-Bayoumi and later that he met two of the hijackers through al-Bayoumi. He also told the asset that al-Bayoumi was arrested because he knew al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi very well. The document goes on to state that Bassnan and al-Bayoumi have been “close to each other for a long time.” Bassnan has many ties to the Saudi Government, including past employment by the Saudi Arabian Education Mission, referred to in FBI documents as [redacted]. The FBI also received reports from individuals in the Muslim community alleging that Bassnan may be a Saudi intelligence officer. According to a CIA memo, Bassnan reportedly received funding and possibly a fake passport from Saudi Government officials. He and his wife have received financial support from the Saudi Ambassador to the United States and his wife. A CIA report also indicates that Bassnan traveled to Houston in 2002 and met with an individual who was [redacted]. The report states that during that trip a member of the Saudi Royal Family provided Bassnan with a significant amount of cash. FBI information indicates that Bassnan is an extremist and supporter of Usama Bin Laden, and has been connected to the Eritrean Islamic Jihad and the Blind Shaykh;
  • Shaykh al-Thumairy. According to FBI documents and a CIA memorandum, al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar may have been in contact with Shaykh al-Thumairy, an accredited diplomat in the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles and one of the “imams” at the King Fahad mosque in Culver City, California. Also according to FBI documents, the mosque was built in 1998 from funding provided by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdulaziz. The mosque is reportedly attended by members of the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles and is widely recognized for its anti-Western views;
  • Saleb al-Hussayen. In September 2001, Saleb al-Hussayen, reportedly a Saudi Interior Ministry official stayed in the same hotel in Herndon, Virginia where al-Hazmi was staying. While al-Hussayen claimed after September 11 not to know the hijackers, FBI agents believed he was being deceptive. He was able to depart the United States despite FBI efforts to locate and re-interview him; and
  • Abdullah Bin Laden. Abdullah Bin Laden claims to work for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C. as an administrative officer. He is identified by the FBI as Usama Bin Laden’s half brother. He is a close friend of Mohammed Quadir-Harunani, a possible associate of [9/11 hijackers] Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi prior to September 11, 2001.

The Joint Inquiry also found other indications that individuals connected to the Saudi Government have ties to terrorist networks, including:

  • The CIA and FBI have identifed the Ton Tamiyah Mosque in Culver City as a site of extremist-related activity. Several subjects of FBI investigation prior to September 11 had close connections to the mosque and are believed to have laundered money through this mosque to non-profit organizations overseas affiliated with Usama Bin Laden. In an interview, an FBI agent said he believed that Saudi Government money was being laundered through the mosque;
  • Another Saudi national with close ties to the Saudi Royal Family, [redacted], is the subject of FBI counterterrorism investigations and reportedly was checking security at the United States’ southwest border in 1999 and discussing the possibility of infiltrating individuals into the United States;
  • According to FBI documents, several of the phone numbers found in the phone book of Abu Zubaida, a senior al-Qa’ida operative captured in Pakistan in March 2002, could be linked, at least indirectly, to the telephone numbers in the United States. One of those U.S. numbers is subscribed to by the ASPCOL Corporation, which is located in Aspen, Colorado, and manages the affairs of the Colorado residence of the Saudi Ambassador Bandar. The FBI noted that ASPCOL has an unlisted telephone number. A November 18, 2002 FBI response to the Joint Inquiry states that “CIA traces have revealed no direct links between numbers found in Zubaida’s phone book and numbers in the United States.”
  • According to an FBI document, the telephone number of a body guard at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, who some have alleged may be a [redacted] — was also found in Abu Zabaida’s possessions; and
  • According to an FBI agent in Phoenix, the FBI suspects Mohammed al-Qudhaeein of being [redacted]. Al-Qudhaeein was involved in a 1999 incident aboard an American West flight, which the FBI’s Phoenix office now suspects may have been a “dry run” to test airline security. During the flight, al-Qudhaeein and his associate asked the flight attendants a variety of suspicious questions; al-Qudhaeein then attempted to enter the cockpit on two occasions. Al-Qudhaeein and his associate were flying to Washington, D.C. to attend a party at the Saudi Embassy, and both claimed their tickets were paid for by the Saudi Embassy. During the course of its investigations, the FBI has discovered that both al-Qudhaeein and the other individual involved in this incident had connections to terrorism.

Finally, the Committees are particularly concerned about the serious nature of allegations contained in a CIA memorandum found by the Joint Inquiry Staff in the files of the FBI’s San Diego Field Office. That memorandum, which discusses alleged financial connections between the September 11 hijackers, Saudi Government officials, and members of the Saudi Royal Family, was drafted by a CIA officer [redacted], relying primarily on information from FI files. The CIA officer sent it to the CTC to determine whether CIA had additional information. He also provided a copy to the FBI agent responsible for the investigation of one of the individuals discussed in the memorandum. Despite the clear national implications of the memorandum, the FBI agent included the memoradum in an individual case file and did not forward it to FBI Headquarters. FBI Headquarters, therefore, was unaware of statements in the memorandum until the Joint Inquiry brought the memorandum’s implications to the Bureau’s attention. [redacted]

Possible Saudi Government Connections to Terrorists and Terrorist Groups

While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government. There is information, from FBI sources, that at least two of these individuals were alleged to be Saudi intelligence officers. The Joint Inquiry’s review confirmed that the Intelligence Community also has information, much of which remains speculative and yet to be independently verified, indicating that Saudi Government officials in the United States may have other ties to al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups. […]

In their testimony before the Joint Inquiry, neither the CIA nor the FBI was able to definitively identify for these Committees the extent of Saudi support for terrorist activity globally or within the United States and the extent to which such support, if it exists, is intentional or innocent in nature. Both the FBI and CIA have indicated to the Committees that they are now aggressively pursuing Saudi-related terrorism issues. […]

It should be clear that this Joint Inquiry has made no final determination as to the reliability or sufficiency of the information regarding these issues that we found contained in FBI and CIA documents. It was not the task of this Joint Inquiry to conduct the kind of extensive investigation that would be required to determined [sic] the true significance of any such alleged connections to the Saudi Government. On the one hand, it is possible that these kinds of connections could suggest, as indicated in a [redacted] dated July 2, 2002, “incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists within the Saudi Government.” On the other hand, it is also possible that further investigation of these allegations could reveal legitimate, and innocent, explanations for these associations.

Given the serious national security implications of this information, however, the leadership of the Joint Inquiry is referring the staff’s compilation of relevant information to both the FBI and the CIA for investigative review and appropriate investigative and intelligence action.

~End of transcription~

See also:

~Eowyn

GOP platform nixes declassifying secret 28 pages of 9/11 report

Here’s more evidence that the Republican Party is rotten to its core.

Remember those 28 pages in the Congressional report on 9/11 which both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations have kept “classified,” i.e., secret from the American people?

Conducted by the House and Senate intelligence committees, the 838-page report was published in December 2002. The redacted 28 pages, titled “Part 4: Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters,” begins on Page 395 of the report.

Why are those pages important? Because former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who was chairman of the congressional Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 that issued the 9/11 report, said “there is compelling evidence in the 28 pages that one or more foreign governments was involved in assisting some of the hijackers in their preparation for 9/11.” Graham later indicated that by “foreign governments” he was referring to Saudi Arabia. (15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis.)

Though classified, members of Congress can read the mysterious 28 pages in a special secure room on Capitol Hill if they get prior permission from the House or Senate Intelligence Committee. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky), one of 18 co-sponsors of a 2013 House resolution introduced by Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) to declassify the pages, is one of a few to have read the classified 28 pages. Massie was shocked by what the pages reveal. He said:

“I had to stop every couple of pages and just sort of absorb and try to rearrange my understanding of history for the past 13 years and the years leading up to that. It challenges you to rethink everything.

Yesterday, July 12, however, the Republican platform committee voted down a plank introduced by Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Maine) calling for the declassification of those 28 pages.

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Authentic, undoctored photo taken by AP photog Mark D. Phillips on 9/11.

Jerome Corsi reports for WND that in drafting the platform plank, Brakey pointed out that Obama had twice promised 9/11 family members he would release the pages, which could be invaluable in any lawsuit. However, the administration has refused to declassify the pages, even in the face of bipartisan support for their release from former 9/11 commission members and 73 current representatives and senators.

Disappointed by the GOP platform committee’s decision, Brakey said:

“The public has a right to know. It saddens me that, here we are, 15 years later and it sounds like there’s key pieces of information to our understanding of what happened on that day, and the government has been keeping that information from us.”

Donald Trump has pushed for declassifying the 28 pages. He said on Fox News on April 19: “I think I know what it’s going to say. It’s going to be very profound, having to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center and the attack. That’s very serious stuff. It’s sort of nice to know who your friends are and perhaps who your enemies are. You’re going to see some very revealing things in those papers.”

A 9/11 jumper

A 9/11 jumper

Here are the members of the 2016 GOP Platform Committee who want to conceal the identity(ies) of the foreign government(s) complicit in the worst terrorist attack on American soil:

  • Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman
  • Bob McDonnell (former governor of Virginia and convicted felon), Chairman. In 2014, McDonnell and his wife were convicted by a federal jury of corruption charges for receiving improper gifts and loans from a Virginia businessman. In 2015, they were sentenced to two years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. On June 27, 2016, Supreme Court unanimously vacated McDonnell’s conviction and remanded the case back to a lower court.
  • Senator John Hoeven (ND), Co-Chair
  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN), Co-Chair
  • Chairs of Subcommittees:
    • Jonathan Barnett, Andy Puzder, Jim Bopp, Jane Timken, Mary Dye, Ed Whitfield, Jim Cawley, Rachel Kemp, Tom Luna, Carolyn McLarty, Sam Olens, Donna Cain, Jim Talent
  • Committee Members:
    • Alabama: Jacqueline Curtiss, Cam Ward
    • Alaska: Ric Davidge, Debbie Joslin
    • American Samoa: Salote Schuster, Brandon Smart
    • Arizona: Kip Kempton, Heather Sandstrom
    • Arkansas: Jonathan Barnett, Julie Harris
    • California: Andrew Puzder, Audra Strickland
    • Colorado: Suzanne Sharkey, Guy Short
    • Connecticut: L. Scott Frantz, Themis Klarides
    • Delaware: Ruth Briggs King, John Sigler
    • District of Columbia: Teri Galvez, Edward Newton
    • Florida: Allen Bense, Remedios Diaz
    • Georgia: Sue Everhart, Sam Olens
    • Guam: Arthur Boyd Clark, Telo Taitague
    • Hawaii: Lynne Hansen, Philip Hellreich
    • Idaho: Gayann DeMordaunt, Tom Luna
    • Illinois: Steve Kim, Sharee Langenstein
    • Indiana: James Bopp Jr., Deborah Fleming
    • Iowa: Gopal T.K. Krishna, Kimberly Lehman
    • Kansas: Beverly Caley, Kris Kobach
    • Kentucky: Ed Whitfield, Shirley Wiseman
    • Louisiana: Ambia Baker, Tony Perkins
    • Maine: Linda Bean, Mike Wallace
    • Maryland: Christian Cavey, Kathy Szeliga
    • Massachusetts: Jay Barrows, Rachel Kemp
    • Michigan: Krista Haroutunian, Norm Shinkle
    • Minnesota: Kevin Erickson, Juliette Jordal
    • Mississippi: Lynn Fitch, Delbert Hosemann
    • Missouri: Phyllis Schlafly, Jim Talent
    • Montana: Mark Baker, Tamara Hall
    • Nebraska: Brian Buescher, Darlene Starman
    • Nevada: Cynthia Kennedy, Pat Kerby
    • New Hampshire: David Boutin, Beverly Bruce
    • New Jersey: Aubrey Fenton, Lynda Pagliughi
    • New Mexico: James Damron, Rocky Galassini
    • New York: John Cahill, Adele Malpass
    • North Carolina: Wayne King, Mary Summa
    • North Dakota: Kyle Handegard, Paul Henderson
    • Northern Mariana Islands: Ellsbeth Alepuyo, Juan Diego Blanco
    • Ohio: Clarence Mingo, Jane Timken
    • Oklahoma: Anthony Lauinger, Carolyn McLarty
    • Oregon: Donna Cain, Russ Walker
    • Pennsylvania: Jim Cawley, Joyce Haas
    • Puerto Rico: Jorge San Miguel, Vanessa Viera
    • Rhode Island: Barbara Ann Fenton, Richard Ford
    • South Dakota: Mary Jean Jensen, Dana Randall
    • Tennessee: Marsha Blackburn, Chris Devaney
    • Texas: David Barton, Denise McNamara
    • Utah: Margaret Dayton, Brad Dee
    • Vermont: Rick Cochran, Darcie Johnston
    • Virginia: Chris Stearns, Kathy Terry
    • Virgin Islands: April Newland, Herbert Schoenbohm
    • Washington: Mary Dye, Lew Moore
    • West Virginia: Conrad Lucas II
    • Wisconsin: Daniel Feyen, Susan Lynch
    • Wyoming: Cynthia Cloud, Dan Dockstader

See also:

UPDATE (July 19, 2016):

Three days after the GOP Platform Committee eschewed calling for the declassification of the 9/11 report’s 28 pages, on July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee released those pages to the public. See “Congress releases classified 28 pages of 9/11 Report: It’s Saudi Arabia“.

In other words, it was within the power of Congress all along to make public those pages.

~Eowyn

Mystery surrounds whereabouts of former Gitmo detainee in South America

Shocker, not.

Muzzie on the run...

Muzzie on the run…

From Fox News: A South American airline issued a memo to its employees Monday to be on the lookout for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was resettled in Uruguay after being freed by the U.S. and has since vanished.

Danilo Alves, a spokesman for Colombia-based Avianca Airlines in Sao Paulo, told The Associated Press that the alert was issued internally to employees, but declined to give any more details.

The alert about Syrian native Abu Wa’el Dhiab adds to a growing mystery about his whereabouts. The Uruguayan authorities have insisted for weeks that he’s visiting neighboring Brazil and that as a refugee he is entitled to leave Uruguay. However, Brazilian authorities have said there is no record of Dhiab entering the country.

The Argentine web news portal Infobae published the alert, which warns employees that Dhiab may be using a fake passport. The image of the alert posted by Infobae said the information came from Brazil’s anti-terrorism police.

She said Dhiab had told friends in Uruguay’s capital that he planned to keep to himself while spending the about-to-end Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the Uruguay-Brazil border region, where there is a Muslim community and mosques.

“He has a valid identity card, issued by the Uruguayan government, that allows him to go to other countries. He is not a fugitive from justice,” Herrera told the AP over the weekend.

Dhiab is one of six former Guantanamo detainees resettled in Uruguay in late 2014.

Former Uruguay President Jose Mujica invited them as a humanitarian gesture, but for several of the men, their time in the country has been loaded with problems. They initially complained the government wasn’t helping them enough and they also refused to get jobs, drawing criticism from Uruguayans.

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Dhiab, who suffers several health problems related to hunger strikes he undertook while held at the U.S. military’s Guantanamo base on Cuba, has been particularly vocal about his unhappiness in Uruguay.

Several weeks ago, Uruguayan media began reporting that he had left the country. Government officials said he had traveled to Brazil and insisted he had a right to do so. They said he had not broken any law and was not being sought.

However, last week the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay said American authorities were “collaborating” with Brazilian and Uruguayan authorities to locate Dhiab. According to the Brazilian news outlet Plus55.com, he hasn’t been seen since June 6.

Dhiab had been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 for suspected ties to Al Qaeda. He spent 12 years at Guantanamo without being charged after his capture in Pakistan.

Guantanamo still holds 80 prisoners.

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Former Guantanamo prisoner vanishes in South America, prompting search

Obama’s response will no doubt be, “Fore!”

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From Fox News: A former Guantanamo Bay prison living in Uruguay has vanished under mysterious circumstances, The Washington Post reports. Law enforcement is now searching for the former detainee, Jihad Ahmed Mustafa Dhiab, a Syrian national, the paper reported Friday, citing a U.S. official.

“We are coordinating with officials in Brazil and Uruguay to determine his whereabouts,” the official told the paper on background to discuss a sensitive incident.

Officials believe Dhiab, imprisoned at Guantanamo in 2002 for suspected ties to al Qaeda, may have entered Brazil illegally.

According to Uruguayan media, the country’s interior minister said Thursday Dhiab’s can make international trips, but Brazil hasn’t allowed him to enter the country previously, the Post reported.

Just this week the Senate passed a defense spending bill that bars shuttering the Guantanamo prison in Cuba. The debate over closing Guantanamo, which President Obama has pledged to do since taking office, could intensify if Dhiab’s disappearance is confirmed.

Another Uruguayan government official told the Associated Press that Dhiab traveled legally to Brazil, according to the Post. He hasn’t been seen since June 6, a Brazilian online news outlet, Plus55.com, reported Friday.

“If Brazilian authorities didn’t allow his legal entry, they can send Dhiab back to Uruguay, but that’s a problem for Brazil,” the news outlet quoted Uruguayan Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi as saying.

Dhiab went to Uruguay with five other Guantanamo Bay prisoners in 2014 in a deal between the south American country and Uruguay and the U.S. to resettle detainees seen as posing little threat.

He spent 12 years at Guantanamo without being charged after his capture in Pakistan. Guantanamo still holds 80 prisoners.

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