A news article in last Friday's New York Times sets out to explore why the United States waited until November 2013 to designate Nigeria's Boko Haram as a "foreign terrorist organization." In light of the group's latest atrocity – the kidnapping and enslaving of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria's Borno state last month – this is a very good question.
The article makes the point that the terrorist designation was made after Hillary Clinton resigned as secretary of state, and confirms reporting that it came after a two-year debate in which "the Justice Department, the F.B.I., American intelligence officials and counterterrorism officials in the State Department" all called for the designation but State ultimately opposed it.
Clinton's then–assistant secretary for African affairs, Johnny Carson, tells the Times that State opposed the designation for "for six or seven different reasons," which boil down to an equal measure of fear of the affect on Boko Haram, possibly making it seem more important and popular, and wariness of legitimizing a Nigerian government crackdown. State counterterrorism official Daniel Benjamin essentially gives a "what difference does it make?" shrug, stating: "Designation was one of many tools and not the most urgently needed one in dealing with the Nigerians. " more >>
Do you think Fox News is the only network that wants the Obama administration to come clean on its numerous scandals? Think again. Here are five non-Fox News journalists who are demanding answers.
Sharyl Attkisson, an award-winning investigative journalist, used to work at CBS News. When she used her talents to spotlight idiosyncrasies in the Obama administration, Attkisson claims, the network showed little interest. After being unable to pursue the "Obamacare," Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals at the network, Attkisson chose to resign in March. more >>
"I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes, so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don't believe," Kerry said after U.S. lawmakers and pro-Israel groups criticized him, with some demanding his resignation or at least an apology…"I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a misimpression, even when unintentional, and if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word [than Apartheid] to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two-state solution," Kerry said. [From Breitbart news.]
The Secretary of State admits he was "inarticulate." And he proceeds to prove it daily. We might have thought that was an unusual quality for America's top diplomat. But in his statement trying to extricate himself from his most recent gaffe, the Secretary digs in deeper.
"I will not allow," he says, anyone to question his commitment to Israel. Well, we certainly do question it. He is completely bound to the idea that Israel should make dangerous concessions to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The PLO was listed by Kerry's own State Department for decades as a terrorist organization. more >>
The al-Qaeda terrorist organization and its affiliates still present an aggressive and real threat to the U.S. and its allies, read a recent U.S. State Department report.
The annual terrorism report, released Wednesday, says that the loss of power among al-Qaeda hubs in Pakistan and Afghanistan has resulted in the aggressive growth of splintered al-Qaeda affiliates scattered throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The report added that there has been more than a 40 percent increase in terrorist attacks around the world from 2012 to 2013.
The splintering of al-Qaeda affiliates has caused the terrorist organization's head, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and his central leadership group to lose control of several factions in the Middle East and North Africa. Additionally, smaller factions are focusing on more localized attacks, such as the attack on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2013. more >>
NEW YORK – A U.S. baptist minister and ethics of nuclear weapons policy expert has warned that Christians who would respond to a nuclear attack on the U.S. by calling for the same kind of retaliation will turn away people from listening to them preach the Gospel.
"What religions can do is pull us back from a sense of absolute reciprocity," the Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday.
He said that if a nation such as North Korea were to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S., plenty of people will call for the same kind of attack in return, which would punish the people of an entire country. more >>
A coalition of religious groups have sent letters to the National Rifle Association and Sarah Palin in response to the former Alaska governor calling waterboarding the way she would "baptize terrorists."
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) sent letters to Palin and the NRA Wednesday calling Palin's words "unacceptable."
"Ms. Palin's words are an unacceptable conflation of church and state that represents the worst of what is possible when political conflicts are expressed in theological terms," reads the letter sent to the NRA. more >>