By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
The U.S. is temporarily closing embassies in several countries around the Middle East for what is being reported as an al-Qaeda threat. The State Department says these are just “precautionary steps.” Embassies involved are in countries such as Israel, Qatar, Egypt and many others. It must be a pretty widespread threat to close this many at one time. I find it bizarre we are closing embassies because of some sort of al-Qaeda threat and, at the same time, we are arming al-Qaeda backed rebels in Syria.
The Russians have granted NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum. The U.S. is ripping mad over this. There is a big difference of opinion over whether Snowden is a hero or a traitor, but one thing he has done is start a conversation over the massive spying the government is doing on its own citizens. The House narrowly defeated a bill to rein in NSA spying, but there are surely more votes to come. The Senate is also looking into ways to curb the spying. Here’s how the USA Today newspaper is spinning this in its editorial page this week. They call him a Benedict Arnold. Really? He’s a traitor for releasing information about massive unconstitutional crime? Many say Snowden is a hero for letting America know about this massive spying program. In another Op-Ed piece about leaker Bradly Manning, the newspaper said, “Leaving his actions unpunished would invite wholesale abuse by others.” I think USA Today should stop masquerading as a journalistic enterprise and just admit they are shills for government propaganda, which is once again legal.
Speaking of abuse, the IRS scandal is growing and this is a very big deal. I have long said I believe the Obama Administration was using the IRS as a club to thwart its political enemies, and now we find out the IRS was also coordinating with the Federal Election Commission. This is criminal and an assault on the First Amendment. It is outrageous, and it is NOT a phony scandal.
Finally, the latest on the economy killing Obama Care law that kicks in starting in October. Now even the IRS union is asking for an exemption. They like their healthcare coverage and don’t want to switch. Boy, that’s rich. The people responsible for enforcing the law don’t like it one bit.
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