Daily Archives: December 25, 2013

Obama Won’t Put Personal Info Into Obamacare Database

65680Barack Obama recently submitted to mounting pressure to join his subjects on the healthcare exchange by signing up for a “bronze” plan. Of course, the Obamas will never have to worry about their own health coverage as he remains covered by the military; but the announcement of his enrollment was supposed to indicate solidarity with the commoners forced to accept this incredibly unpopular law.

Instead, his staged publicity stunt only raised more questions regarding his personal data.

A White House statement cited the “complicated nature of the president’s case” in explaining why an “in-person sign-up” was required.

Furthermore, official sources confirm Obama’s personal information is not included in the database used by the healthcare exchange in determining a user’s identity. While the White House claims the omission is due to security concerns, many skeptics wonder if Obama is unable to provide such documentation because none exists.

The announcement of his difficult enrollment ignited further debate regarding his eligibility to be president. Just two weeks after the Hawaiian health official who authenticated Obama’s birth certificate was killed in a suspicious plane crash, this anomaly adds more fuel to the already heated dispute.

Though it is true Obama requires greater security than the average citizen, he is far from the only American whose personal data is especially sensitive. There are no in-person sign-ups for these individuals, though, as their identifying information is apparently comingling with everyone else’s in the exchange database.

Even taken at face value, the White House’s justification illustrates the glaring potential for security breaches within the exchanges. Despite those lurking dangers, the only person whose data is omitted from the program is the very man who subjected the rest of the country to the disastrous boondoggle.

In addition to the eligibility fracas, Obama’s enrollment showcased his deep disconnect from ordinary Americans. While millions receive cancellation notices from their preferred insurer and are forced to navigate a complicated and ineffective bureaucratic maze in order to find a replacement plan, Obama received personal guidance as he vacationed in Hawaii.

Still, the process was so convoluted his enrollment was not publicized until days after it happened.

With seemingly endless extensions and waivers related to the law, it is painfully apparent ObamaCare proponents sold America a bill of goods. Each time Obama tries to rectify the situation – such as his enrollment during yet another taxpayer-funded vacation – he exposes yet another layer of embarrassment.

Obama Won’t Put Personal Info Into Obamacare Database.

Morocco is latest in string of U.S. allies wooed by China for strategic ties

Moroccan King Mohammed, left, meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Rabat on Dec. 23.

Moroccan King Mohammed, left, meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Rabat on Dec. 23.

CAIRO — China plans to establish strategic ties with another U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Officials said China has been planning a summit with Morocco in an effort to establish a strategic alliance

Officials said Morocco has been dismayed by relations with Washington under President Barack Obama. They cited tension amid the U.S. support for neighboring Algeria as well as efforts to undermine Rabat’s control of the disputed Western Sahara.

The officials said the alliance could be formally launched during a visit by Moroccan King Mohammed to Beijing.

We welcome this invitation,” a Moroccan official said.

The summit was regarded as another step in China’s campaign to target U.S. allies in the Middle East. Beijing has restored or enhanced relations with such U.S. allies as Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The Moroccan Royal Court confirmed plans for a summit with China. But a statement on Dec. 23 did not give a date for the king’s visit to Beijing or the agenda of such a meeting.

So far, China has established diplomatic and economic relations with Rabat. Officials said at least 20 Chinese companies were operating in Morocco, with trade in 2012 reported at 300 million euro.

Morocco is latest in string of U.S. allies wooed by China for strategic ties | World Tribune.

Court Warns Obama That He Is Abusing Power

Two months ago, the DC Federal Appeals Court ruled that ObamaCare’s mandate to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives could not be imposed on the business organizations Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics of Sidney, Ohio. The Court ruled that “…forcing those owners to provide the coverage would violate their individual First Amendment rights allowing for the protection of their religion.”

Then, on December 16th, Judge Brian Cogan made his U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York “…the first court to hold that participating in Obama’s scheme to provide free birth control is a substantial burden on the free practice of religion…” Not only did Cogan strike down Obamacare’s contraception mandate as applied to religious non-profit organizations, he also “…sent a strong signal that federal courts were losing patience with President Obama’s many stitches of executive power.”

Prior to the December 16th ruling, administration attorneys argued that because Congress refused to institute a contraception mandate which satisfied White House demands, Obama was somehow “…authorized to enforce his contraception mandate in the manner he did.” In short, Barack should be allowed to ignore both the law and constitutional limits on Executive power if Congress doesn’t satisfactorily submit to his wishes.

But Judge Cogan didn’t buy it. “It would set a dangerous precedent to hold that if the Executive Branch cannot act unilaterally, then there is no alternative solution,” said the judge.

In addition to its defeat in Judge Cogan’s court, ObamaCare suffered yet another blow just this weekend when a federal judge in Oklahoma City “…granted an injunction…that prevents the government from enforcing the ObamaCare mandate requiring religious groups across the country to provide insurance that includes access to the morning-after pill and other contraceptives.” The injunction prevents the government assessing massive financial penalties against the nearly 200 plaintiffs in the class action suit.

Three for-profit appeals cases are currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and the government appealed the Oklahoma City court’s decision to the Supreme Court immediately after the Friday decision. The American public will soon learn if the “separation of church and state” argument so freely and fraudulently applied to the Constitution will secure the right of religious conviction just as it has so often served to crush it.

Two months ago, the DC Federal Appeals Court ruled that ObamaCare’s mandate to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives could not be imposed on the business organizations Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics of Sidney, Ohio. The Court ruled that “…forcing those owners to provide the coverage would violate their individual First Amendment rights allowing for the protection of their religion.”

Then, on December 16th, Judge Brian Cogan made his U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York “…the first court to hold that participating in Obama’s scheme to provide free birth control is a substantial burden on the free practice of religion…” Not only did Cogan strike down Obamacare’s contraception mandate as applied to religious non-profit organizations, he also “…sent a strong signal that federal courts were losing patience with President Obama’s many stitches of executive power.”
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/court-warns-obama-that-he-is-abusing-power/#uGAmpmb8qodtTY2T.99

Court Warns Obama That He Is Abusing Power.

Ex-UK Chief of Defense Says Obama’s Regime Change in Libya a Mistake

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General Sir David Richards was the head of the British armed forces when the regime change campaign in Libya began. The UK was much more overt about the Libyan War being a regime change operation than the United States with Richards saying at one point,  ”We are not targeting Gaddafi directly, but if it happened that he was in a command and control centre that was hit by Nato and he was killed, then that is within the rules.”But now he is questioning whether the whole thing was even a good idea considering how it has empowered Al Qaeda.

Gen Sir David was chief of the defence staff from 2010 until July this year. But he now says the 2011 Nato-led campaign to remove Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 may have helped the proliferation of arms in Africa.

He said that campaign was a tactical success but that the jury was still out on whether it was strategically wise.

General Sir David Richards said Britain needed to learn from what it had done “and failed to do”.

He also questioned whether the Nato operation against Libya in 2011 was the right thing to do, suggesting it may have contributed to the spread of arms in the region.

“I do worry very much that sub-Saharan Africa is the next front – in many ways it already is,” Gen Sir David told the BBC.

“We must learn from what we have done and failed to do in other parts of the world in trying to combat this risk and do it pretty quickly or it could become pretty vicious – as if it wasn’t already bad enough.”

Bombing Libya had little to do with reducing risk since there wasn’t even a serious post-regime change plan except to let the militias take over.

Ex-UK Chief of Defense Says Obama’s Regime Change in Libya a Mistake | FrontPage Magazine.

Thousands dead in South Sudan violence, UN says

Thousands of people must have been killed in the past week of violence in South Sudan, the top UN humanitarian co-ordinator there has told the BBC.

Toby Lanzer, who is in Bentiu in northern Unity state, said it had been “a devastating week for South Sudan”.

The UN Security Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to almost double the number of peacekeepers to 12,500.

Earlier President Salva Kiir said his forces had recaptured the key town of Bor days after it was seized by rebels.

The rebels are led by Riek Machar, of the ethnic Nuer, who has been battling President Kiir, of the Dinka.

The UN also said on Tuesday that it had reports of at least three mass graves.

One was in Bentiu in the north, and two in the capital, Juba.

In a Christmas message, Mr Kiir said “innocent people have been wantonly killed”, adding: “There are now people who are targeting others because of their tribal affiliation. It will only lead to one thing and that is to turn this new nation into chaos.”

‘Palpable fear’

Mr Lanzer told the BBC’s Newshour programme: “I think it’s undeniable at this stage that there must have been thousands of people who have lost their lives.

“When I’ve looked at the hospitals in key towns and I’ve looked at the hospitals in the capital itself, the range of injuries, this is no longer a situation where we can merely say it’s hundreds of people who’ve lost their lives.”

Mr Lanzer also said that the number of people seeking shelter from the fighting was “tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands”.

He said that the tensions between different communities in South Sudan was even evident within a UN base he had just visited where some 7,500 people are seeking protection.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said: “There is a palpable fear among civilians of both Dinka and Nuer backgrounds that they will be killed on the basis of their ethnicity.”

The UN says at least 80,000 people have been displaced by the South Sudan crisis – about half of them seeking shelter with the UN.

Late on Tuesday the UN Security Council voted to increase its peacekeepers from 7,000 to 12,500, and its international police force from 900 to 1,323.

It authorised temporary transfers from missions in DR Congo, Darfur, Abyei, Ivory Coast and Liberia.

The council called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities and the immediate opening of a dialogue”.

‘Political solution’

President Kiir earlier told journalists in Juba that his forces had “retaken Bor and are now clearing whatever forces that are remaining there”.

Bor, 200km (125 miles) north of Juba, had been one of the major successes for the rebels. They are believed to still be in control of Bentiu.

Radio Tamazuj said government troops of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army had launched attacks on positions held by Nuer commander and army defector Peter Gadet on Tuesday afternoon in Bor.

Mr Kiir said there was also fighting in the town of Malakal and that his troops were “ready to capture Bentiu”.

President Kiir and Mr Machar have both said they are willing to talk.

However, Mr Machar has said his detained political allies must first be freed, while Mr Kiir says there should be no preconditions.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said there could be “no military solution to this conflict. This is a political crisis which requires a peaceful, political solution”.

Mr Kiir has accused Mr Machar, who he sacked in July, of plotting a coup. Mr Machar denies he is trying to seize power.

Sudan suffered a 22-year civil war that left more than a million people dead before the South became independent in 2011.

BBC News – Thousands dead in South Sudan violence, UN says.

Egypt’s former PM Hisham Qandil arrested while ‘escaping to Sudan’

File picture shows Egypt's Prime Minister Kandil addressing delegates during annual World Economic Forum in Davos

Egyptian security forces arrested on Tuesday the former prime minister – who served under ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi – to serve one-year prison sentence.

Security forces were able to arrest Hisham Qandil, former prime minister, in carrying out a court order issued against him. He was captured in a mountain area with smugglers trying to flee to Sudan,” according to an interior ministry statement.

The judgment against Qandil was issued in April 2012, while Mursi was still in office and was upheld by a higher court in September.

A court sentenced Qandil to one year in prison for failing to implement the court order.

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Egypt arrests Morsi‘s former PM

An unpopular prime minister, Qandil kept a low profile after Mursi’s overthrow by the military in July, according to AFP.

Violence has increased in Egypt since Morsi’s overthrow, On Tuesday, explosions at a police headquarters in Mansoura killed at least 14 people and injured 130 others, Egypt’s health ministry stated.

Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Al Beblawi condemned the attacks, calling them an act of terrorism and vowing to seek justice for the perpetrators.

Several criminal cases against Morsi have been launched. One of them accuses him of inciting deadly violence during the December 2012 protests. He is also facing a criminal trial over an episode in January 2011, when he – along with 129 others – escaped from a prison.

In September, a court in Egypt banned all activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country. The Brotherhood’s assets will also be confiscated, according to the ruling.

Also in September, Egyptian security forces stormed an Islamist stronghold in the village of Kerdasa, located outside Cairo, arresting 65 people.

جماعة بيت المقدس الارهابيه تعلن مسؤوليتها عن تفجير الدقهلية

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تبنت جماعة “أنصار بيت المقدس” الارهابيه المرتبطه بجماعة الاخوان المسلمين وتنظيم القاعده ومنظمة حماس عملية تفجير مبنى مديرية أمن الدقهلية، ومحاولة فاشلة لاستهداف مدرعة على طريق العريش، ولفت البيان الأخير، أفراد الجيش والشرطة من استهدافهم

وأضاف البيان أنه: “بعد إنذار إخواننا المجاهدين لـ(زبانية) الجيش والشرطة، نعلن عن قيامنا باستهداف مديرية أمن المنصورة بسيارة مفخخة يستقلها أحد إخواننا المجاهدين، نسأل الله أن يتقبله في عليين بحمد الله وفضله في الساعة الثانية بعد منتصف الليل

753 وكشف البيان عن محاولة الجماعة، استهداف مدرعة للجيش على طريق العريش، فلم تصب هذه المرة، مشيرا إلى أنهم قتلوا الكثير في عملية مديرية أمن المنصورة، من المرتدين من زيانية الشرطة

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وقدم التنظيم الارهابى اعتذارا بسبب التأخير عن الإعلان لأسباب لا يعلمها إلا الله، على حد وصف البيان، كاشفا عن أنه سيأتي في الأيام المقبلة إصدار بهذه العملية “الناجحة” بفضل الله، صوت وصورة وبيان رسمي لأهلنا بمصر

 

Ansar Jerusalem claims deadly Egypt bombing

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Egypt’s so-called Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bait al-Maqdis in Arabic) declared responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly attack on a security building in the city of Mansoura that killed 14 people and wounded more than 100 others, Egyptian media reported citing a Twitter statement by the group.

Dakahlia Security Directorate was attacked and the operation was carried out successfully thanks be to God and to our Jihadist brothers,” Youm7 news website quoted Ansar Jerusalem’s Twitter statement as saying.

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A car bomb tore through the compound in in one of the deadliest attacks since the army deposed Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July.

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour has declared three days of mourning.

The army-backed government vowed to fight “black terrorism,” saying the blast an hour after midnight in the city of Mansoura north of Cairo would not derail a political transition plan whose next step is a January referendum on a new constitution, according to Reuters.

The attack prompted a cabinet statement declaring Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organization,” though a state news agency report did not explicitly accuse the group of staging the attack. Mursi’s group condemned the bombing.

With at least 13  policemen among the dead, the blast underlined the risk of militancy moving to the densely populated Nile Valley from the Sinai Peninsula, where attacks have killed some 200 members of the security forces since Mursi’s downfall.

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“We face an enemy that has no religion or nation,” Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, the survivor of an assassination attempt in Cairo in September, said at the scene of the blast.

The army said a car bomb had been used in what it called a “vile terrorist attack”, while the presidency said such attacks “only increase the state’s determination to uproot terrorism.”

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Police “combat units” would deploy across the country with orders to use live ammunition, state TV reported.