19 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-18-21

  1. Vindication.

    “Kevin McCarthy Vindicated: Four Arrested at Border Since October on FBI Terrorist Watchlist
    Authorities nabbed three men from Yemen and one from Serbia.”


    “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters the border patrol agents he met warned him about “suspected terrorists are trying to cross into the United States via Mexico.”

    The left went crazy, calling McCarthy a liar or laughing at him. Rep. Reuben Gallego (D-AZ) tweeted that as the chairman of the subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations he never heard of this news.

    Kevin McCarthy Vindicated: Four Arrested at Border Since October on FBI Terrorist Watchlist
    Authorities nabbed three men from Yemen and one from Serbia.

    Posted by Mary Chastain Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 09:00am 14 Comments

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    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters the border patrol agents he met warned him about “suspected terrorists are trying to cross into the United States via Mexico.”

    The left went crazy, calling McCarthy a liar or laughing at him. Rep. Reuben Gallego (D-AZ) tweeted that as the chairman of the subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations he never heard of this news.

    Gallego retweeted Aaron Rupar, who we all know as the most honest journalist ever to exist (sarcasm). Others tried to tear down McCarthy.”

    They now have eggs on their faces.
    It’s more embarrassing for Gallego because he should know everything in this Axios report:

    The Customs and Border Protection agency confirmed to Congress today that four people arrested at the southern border since Oct. 1 match names on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database, a congressional aide briefed on the correspondence told Axios.

    Why it matters: Three of the people arrested were from Yemen and one was from Serbia. The four arrests are more than the number of similar people taken into custody during recent full fiscal years, according to the source. In fiscal 2018, six people from Yemen and Bangladesh were arrested.”

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  2. Trump did his job.

    Biden? Not so much.


    “In a few months, if it hasn’t already, President Trump’s legacy at the border is going to look much better even to skeptical observers.

    As the Biden administration unwinds Trump policies, and a new migrant crisis builds, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Trump team arrived at an approach that, after fits and starts, worked.

    Counter to the image of the administration taking a blunderbuss approach to everything related to immigration, the push at the border was a thoughtful, creative, and well-coordinated effort across government agencies and between sovereign countries.

    It is worth revisiting because understanding how it came about and the reasons that it made such a difference underlines the mistakes that Biden is making now, no matter how much his officials and allies want to deny it and shift blame.

    Many of Trump’s policy successes — tax cuts, deregulation, judges — came from adopting standard, off-the-shelf GOP policy. There is another category, though, of intractable issues or unexpected crises that were addressed by innovative problem-solving by officials unwilling to accept the conventional wisdom about what was possible.

    The Abraham Accords and Operation Warp Speed, as well as other aspects of the pandemic response, fall into this category. So does the border, even if has been largely unappreciated.

    Commentators who were willing to welcome Middle East peace and the rapid development of COVID vaccines, even if it meant giving credit to people they despised, were never going to find anything good to say about the Trump administration’s immigration hawks.

    Obviously, department and agency heads such as Kevin McAleenan and Chad Wolf at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Mark Morgan at Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Ken Cuccinelli at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Mike Pompeo at State played a major part in the effort.

    At the staff level, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who cut his teeth working for Senator Jeff Sessions, took a lead role. He mastered the intricacies of the law and the system and pushed relentlessly against bureaucratic and policy inertia.

    Even though much of the bureaucracy was hostile, especially at HHS and the State Department, there were career officials at immigration agencies who welcomed, finally, a serious attempt to control the border and were constantly consulted, including at regular White House meetings. There was also a cadre of career officials at State who worked tirelessly to secure complicated agreements with Mexico (the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP) and Northern Triangle countries.

    “We had in place a team of people,” says a former senior administration official, “who quietly underneath the radar were doing some of the most innovative, advanced, and thorough legal work in an environment of relentless litigation and endless media hostility to accomplish something that everybody said was impossible.””

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  3. Like I said…..

    Not so much….

    “Biden Leaves Key Immigration Posts Vacant Amid Border Surge”


    “There was no break-in period for the new Department of Homeland Security secretary.

    Alejandro Mayorkas went from his confirmation hearing in the Senate to confronting a surge of migrants along the southern border almost immediately, and while the new DHS chief won’t call the current situation a crisis, he did announce Tuesday that the nation is on track to record the highest number of apprehensions in over two decades.

    It is a challenge, the White House regularly insists, that has only been made worse by the previous administration’s policies.

    “When I started 27 days ago,” Mayorkas told reporters at the White House in early March, “I learned that we did not have the facilities available or equipped to administer the humanitarian laws that our Congress passed years ago. We did not have the personnel, policies, procedures, or training to administer those laws.”

    “Quite frankly,” he added, “the entire system was gutted.”

    And yet, at least for now, rebuilding the system that Trump allegedly wrecked does not include surrounding Mayorkas with the executive personnel he doubtless needs to do his job. As the surge continues, President Biden continues to mull who he should name to key immigration posts.

    “We will dig out of the cruelty of the past administration and we will rebuild our nation’s asylum system,” Mayorkas promised reporters two weeks ago. Asylum claims are up, as are the responsibilities of the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Biden has yet to nominate a new director for that agency.

    “I’m working around the clock to replace the cruelty of the past administration with an orderly, humane, and safe immigration process,” Mayorkas said of a system that includes both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, two more agencies that Biden has left without permanent leaders.

    If the administration is rebuilding immigration systems while also confronting an unprecedented migrant surge, why the delay?

    “He is eager to nominate individuals to fill all of those spots,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told RealClearPolitics on March 2. “We need to find the right people and the right nominees. Hopefully, we’ll have news on that in the coming weeks, but I don’t have anything to preview for you, unfortunately, on personnel.”

    Two weeks later, as the migrant wave accelerates, Biden still hasn’t named any new DHS nominees. The White House, meanwhile, remains mum. RCP requests for comment went unanswered.

    The Senate Homeland Security Committee is ready to move on any nominees. A source close to Chairman Gary Peters told RCP that the senator is “committed to working with President Biden to get qualified, Senate-confirmed nominees in place quickly as they are nominated.”

    The president has remained relatively silent about the situation at the border. Asked whether he plans to visit there, Biden told reporters at the White House, “Not at the moment.”


    Plan on doing your job?

    Not at the moment….. or ever really…..


  4. Biden’s racking up the wins for American workers…..

    Oh wait…..


    “The United Auto Workers union has informed workers at the Avon Lake Ford plant that it plans to move a major project slated for 2023 from Northeast Ohio to its plant in Mexico.

    The letter, dated Friday, March 12, stated that Ford is going back on its agreement to build a “next-generation vehicle” at the Avon Lake plant in 2023.

    In 2019, the UAW says Ford promised to invest $900 million in a new project at the Avon Lake plant, that was set to begin production in 2023. The agreement also included a “complete revitalization” of the facility.”



  5. Glenn Greenwald takes the media apart, and rightly so.

    “How Do Big Media Outlets So Often “Independently Confirm” Each Other’s Falsehoods?

    The Washington Post’s media-spread error about Trump’s Georgia call shows the deceitful playbook first invented to undermine Trump and promote Russiagate.”


    “There were so many false reports circulated by the dominant corporate wing of the U.S. media as part of the five-year-long Russiagate hysteria that in January, 2019, I compiled what I called “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.” The only difficult part of that article was choosing which among the many dozens of retractions, corrections and still-uncorrected factual falsehoods merited inclusion in the worst-ten list. So stiff was the competition that I was forced to omit many huge media Russiagate humiliations, and thus, to be fair to those who missed the cut, had to append a large “Dishonorable Mention” category at the end.

    That the entire Russiagate storyline itself was a fraud and a farce is conclusively demonstrated by one decisive fact that can never be memory-holed: namely, the impetus for the scandal and subsequent investigation was the conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign had secretly and criminally conspired with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election, primarily hacking into the email inboxes of the DNC and Clinton campaign chief John Podesta. And a grand total of zero Americans were accused (let alone convicted) of participating in that animating conspiracy.”

    The New York Times’ May, 2017 announcement of Robert Mueller as special counsel stated explicitly that his task was “to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials” and specifically “investigate ‘any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.’”

    The related secondary media-created conspiracy theory was that the Kremlin clandestinely controlled U.S. political institutions by virtue of sexual and financial blackmail held over President Trump, which they used to compel him to obediently obey their dictates. “I don’t know what the Russians have on the president, politically, personally, or financially” was the dark innuendo which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her media allies most loved to spout. “Prestige news” outlets created their own Q-Anon-level series of art designed to implant in Americans’ minds a slew of McCarthyite imagery showing the Kremlin (or an iconic Moscow cathedral they mistook for the Kremlin) having fully infiltrated Washington’s key institutions.”


    “But even they knew this was just a temporary survival strategy and that it was unsustainable for the long term. That the crux of the scandal all along was that key Trump allies if not the President himself would be indicted and imprisoned for having conspired with the Russians was too glaring to make people forget about it.

    That was why former CIA Director John Brennan assured the MSNBC audience in March — just weeks before Mueller closed his investigation with no conspiracy crimes alleged — that it was impossible that the investigation could close without first indicting Trump’s children and other key White House aides on what Brennan correctly said was the whole point of the scandal from the start: “criminal conspiracy involving the Russians . . . . whether or not U.S. persons were actively collaborating, colluding, cooperating, involved in a conspiracy with them or not.” Brennan strongly insinuated that among those likely to be indicted for criminally conspiring with the Russians were those “from the Trump family.”

    As we all know, literally none of that happened. Not only were Trump family members not indicted by Mueller on charges of “criminal conspiracy involving the Russians,” no Americans were. Brennan believed there was no way that the Mueller investigation could end without that happening because that was the whole point of the scandal from the start. To explain why it had not happened up to that point after eighteen months of investigation by Mueller’s subpoena-armed and very zealous team of prosecutors, Brennan invented a theory that they were waiting to do that as the final act because they knew they would be fired by Trump once it happened. But it never happened because Mueller found no evidence to prove that it did.

    In other words, the conspiracy theory that the media pushed on Americans since before Trump’s inauguration — to the point where it drowned out most of U.S. politics and policy for years — proved to have no evidentiary foundation. And that is one reason I say that the sectors of the media pretending to be most distraught at the spread of “disinformation” by anonymous citizens on Facebook and 4Chan are, in fact, the most aggressive, prolific and destructive disseminators of that disinformation by far (nor was it uncredentialed YouTube hosts, Patreon podcasters or Substack writers who convinced Americans to believe that Saddam Hussein possessed nuclear weapons and was in an alliance with Al Qaeda but rather the editor-heavy prestige outlets such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, NBC News and The Atlantic).

    With the crux of the Russiagate conspiracy theory collapsed, U.S. media outlets began acknowledging — because they had to — that none of it was vindicated by Mueller’s report. To do so, they abruptly nullified a rule that had been in place since Mueller’s appointment: one may not speak ill of the former FBI Director because he is a patriotic man of the highest integrity and to malign him is to undermine the Brave Men and Women of the FBI Who Keep Us Safe. The only self-preservation tactic they could find to salvage their credibility was to turn on Mueller, quite viciously. Overnight, the storyline emerged: the conspiracy theory we pushed on you was correct all along, but Mueller was a coward and failed in his patriotic duty to say so.

    While the hypocrisy of watching a media that for months demanded reverence for Mueller turn on a dime to accuse him of being a borderline-senile, unpatriotic coward was quite amazing, it was at least some progress toward acknowledging the undeniable reality that the media had collectively failed. Their dark conspiracies and predictions of doom were pipe dreams. They flooded the country with disinformation for years about all of this. And while they characteristically engaged in exactly zero self-reflection or self-critique — preferring to heap all the blame on Mueller instead for failing to find the evidence that is still out there of their cognitive derangements — it at least consecrated the fact that this scandal ended in humiliation for them.”

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  6. I haven’t lost faith in the military, just the few woke idiots that Biden put in charge.

    “Faith In The Military Is Falling – Not Demand For Strong Defense: Reagan Institute

    The Reagan Institute’s latest survey reveals confidence in the military has dropped seven percent a year for two years running. But dig deeper, and support for a strong defense remains.”


    “For several decades, the military had been immune to the trend of steadily declining trust in American institutions. According to the Ronald Reagan Institute’s latest National Defense Survey, that is no longer the case. The number of Americans who say they have a great deal of confidence in the military has fallen by 14 percentage points over the past three years. Strikingly, trust in the military has diminished across all major demographics—age, gender, party affiliation—by double digits since 2018.

    Despite what some may think, this cannot be solely attributed to the events of 2020 and early 2021. (The poll was conducted Feb. 4-14th, having been delayed from December 2020). While the military has suffered a seven-point drop in confidence since 2019, there was an equal seven-point decline in the year before that. Over the same period, most other institutions in our survey—including Congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court, the media, and public schools—experienced relatively stable levels of trust.

    There are numerous possible explanations for this decline in confidence, some of which other results from this survey suggest. For example, almost half of Americans think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have, for the most part, been a failure. One might speculate that other factors could include the politicization of the military or the growing awareness surrounding the issue of sexual assault in the armed forces. Recent headlines about extremism in the ranks and the unacceptable number of active and retired servicemembers involved in the January 6th attacks may have contributed as well.

    Declining confidence in the military is also borne out by other findings from this annual national public opinion poll that pulses views on defense issues. Only slightly over half of Americans think that the United States has the best military in the world, and an even slimmer majority think we would win a war against a nuclear power.

    It would be a mistake, however, to conclude that the results of this survey indicate a reluctance on behalf of the American people to take an active role in global affairs, including using the military when necessary. In fact, support for American leadership in the world consistent with President Reagan’s “peace through strength” philosophy remains strong. Americans want the United States to be more engaged—not less—in international events. That belief also resonates across all demographic groups, including party identification.

    Three in four Americans, including significant majorities of both Republicans and Democrats, favor increasing defense spending. When asked if the United States should maintain military bases around the world or reduce our military presence overseas, nearly two in three Americans prefer the former—also with strong bipartisan support. And when asked if the United States uses the military in too many situations where diplomacy would be better, only one in three Americans said yes. A plurality believe we strike the right balance between using the military and diplomacy, rather than relying too much on one or the other.

    American perception of the military is nuanced, and declining trust in that institution may not necessarily be a sign of waning public legitimacy. It’s worth noting that, despite the decline in confidence our survey reveals, the military remains the most trusted institution in America by a large margin. The trend nonetheless may be a leading indicator of a diminishing national spirit.”


    For which Dems and liberals are largely to blame.

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  7. Your traitorous ways have consequences Rep. Gonzalez. 🙂


    “Former President Donald Trump will be stumping for a former White House aide who has launched a primary challenge to Rep. Anthony Gonzalez over the Ohio Republican’s vote to impeach the outgoing commander-in-chief.

    An invitation to an event next Wednesday, obtained by The Post, revealed that the 45th president will be the headliner for the night’s festivities to benefit Max Miller’s congressional bid.

    Miller, 32, joined the Trump administration after serving on his 2016 presidential campaign. He joined the 2020 re-election effort as deputy campaign manager under Brad Parscale and Bill Stepien.

    Following Miller’s announcement that he intended to run, the former commander-in-chief offered an immediate endorsement.

    The invite, first reported by Punchbowl News Wednesday morning, lists the former president’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., as the location.

    It also lists the admission prices as $5,800 per person or $11,600 per couple.

    Below that is a quote from Trump’s endorsement, which reads, “Max Miller is a wonderful person who did a great job at the White House and will be a fantastic Congressman. He is a Marine veteran, a son of Ohio, and a true PATRIOT.”

    “Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not be representing the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interest or their heart,” he continued.

    Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans to break ranks and vote to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot earlier this year.”


    A riot?

    No. More like a farce. A joke, even though unfunny…..


  8. That’s funny, because Traitor Roberts says all this is moot and dropped it. It’s almost like he and the rest of the liberal justices were hiding things too.

    “Months after Trump complaints, some courts are finding irregularities in 2020 elections

    Michigan, Wisconsin and Virginia court actions show some absentee ballot procedures imposed by Democrats violated state laws.”


    “Long after former President Donald Trump dropped his legal challenges to the 2020 election, some courts in battleground states are beginning to declare the way widespread absentee ballots were implemented or counted violated state laws.

    The latest ruling came this month in Michigan, where the State Court of Claims concluded that Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s instructions on signature verification for absentee ballots violated state law.

    Benson had instructed local election clerks a month before the Nov. 3 election to start with a “presumption” that all signatures on absentee ballots were valid and only reject those that had “multiple significant and obvious” inconsistencies. Republicans and one election clerk challenged her instructions in court.

    Chief Court of Claims Judge Christopher M. Murray ruled March 9 that the state Legislature did not provide such guidance in its election laws, and therefore Benson needed to promulgate a formal rule – a timely process – before imposing such a requirement. Murray told election clerks they should disregard Benson’s instructions in future elections.

    “An agency must utilize formal rule-making procedures when establishing policies that ‘do not merely interpret or explain the statute or rules from which the agency derives its authority,’ but rather ‘establish the substantive standards implementing the program,'” Murray ruled.

    “The guidance issued by the Secretary of State on October 6, 2020, with respect to signature-matching standards was issued in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act,” he concluded.”

    Benson’s office has not said whether it will appeal.

    In neighboring Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court handed down a significant ruling in December when the justices concluded that state and local election officials erred when they gave blanket permission allowing voters to declare themselves homebound and skip voter ID requirements in the 2020 elections.

    In a case challenging the practice in Dane County, one of Wisconsin’s large urban centers around the city of Madison, the state’s highest court ruled that only those voters whose “own age, physical illness or infirmity” makes them homebound could declare themselves “indefinitely confined” and avoid complying with a requirement for photo ID.

    The mere existence of a COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown orders was not sufficient under Wisconsin law for all persons to skip the voter ID requirements to seek to vote absentee, the justices ruled.

    “We conclude that both the contention that electors qualify as indefinitely confined solely as the result of the COVID19 pandemic and the declared public health emergency and the contention that Wis. Stat. § 6.86(2)(a) could be used for those who ‘have trouble presenting a valid ID’ are erroneous because those reasons do not come within the statutory criteria,” the court ruled.

    In so doing, the court ruled that local officials like Dane County and Gov. Tony Evers did not have legal authority to exempt all voters to get an absentee ballot without an ID. Evers had issued an executive order earlier this year.

    “We conclude that [Evers’] Emergency Order #12 did not render all Wisconsin electors ‘indefinitely confined,’ thereby obviating the requirement of a valid photo identification to obtain an absentee ballot,” the majority ruling concluded.

    The court filings indicated nearly 200,000 voters declared themselves permanently confined in the state’s spring primary, a marked rise over prior years, and even more did so in the general election. Biden won Wisconsin by just 20,000 votes.

    Meanwhile in Virginia, a judge in January approved a consent decree permanently banning the acceptance of ballots without postmarks after Election Day, concluding that instructions from the Virginia Department of Elections to the contrary in 2020 had violated state law. An electoral board member in Frederick County challenged the legality of the state’s instruction and won though the ruling came after the election.

    “If the return envelope has a missing postmark, the ballot shall be rendered invalid,” Frederick County Circuit Judge William W. Eldridge IV ruled in the consent decree.

    The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which represented electoral board member Thomas Reed called the ruling “a big win for the Rule of Law.”

    “This consent decree gives Mr. Reed everything he requested – a permanent ban on accepting ballots without postmarks after Election Day and is a loss for the Virginia bureaucrats who said ballots could come in without these protections,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

    Several more legal challenges remain in states, as well as two audits/investigations of voting machine logs that are pending in Georgia and Arizona. And while there has been no proof the elections were impacted by widespread fraud, there are still significant disputes over whether rule changes and absentee ballot procedures in key swing states may have been unlawful.”


    There’s more, in more states.

    It. Was. Stolen.

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  9. Yes, Fauci, it’s time to stop the theater.


    “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and infectious disease Dr. Anthony Fauci clashed over whether people need to continue wearing masks due to the CCP virus.

    “You’re telling everyone to wear a mask,” Paul said. “If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? You have the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?”

    Fauci then accused Paul of engaging in “theater” and stated that emerging COVID-19 variants are a good reason “for a mask.”

    “You’re making policy based on conjecture,” Paul said, saying that Fauci wants people to wear masks “for another couple of years.”

    In recent weeks, Fauci has faced increasing criticism for making predictions about the virus that ultimately didn’t materialize while also repeatedly issuing warnings about the CCP virus spreading due to a relaxation in lockdowns.

    “You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show,” Paul told Fauci. “If you already have immunity, you’re wearing a mask to give comfort to others. You’re not wearing a mask because of any science.””


  10. Go Paxton! Go States’ rights!


    “A coalition of states has filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden and his administration over the president’s decision to revoke a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Led by Texas and Montana, 21 states have jointly filed a lawsuit against Biden arguing that the president didn’t have the authority to unilaterally change an energy policy that Congress had set when he revoked the permit on his first day in office.

    The lawsuit argues that only Congress has the power to regulate interstate and international commerce, including granting or rejecting permits for oil pipelines that cross an international border.

    “Since his first day in office, President Biden has made it his mission to undo all the progress of the previous administration, with complete disregard for the Constitutional limits on his power. His decision to revoke the pipeline permit is not only unlawful but will also devastate the livelihoods of thousands of workers, their families, and their communities,” Paxton said in a statement on March 17.

    “This administration continues to tout imaginary green-energy jobs, without any recognition that their actions in the real world will make it impossible for hard-working Americans to put food on the table,” he added.

    The 1,200-mile Keystone XL, which was to be constructed as an extension to an existing pipeline system, was designed by TC Energy Corp. to transport approximately 830,000 barrels of oil from Canada and Montana to junctions in the middle of America and to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

    The permit to construct a 1.2-mile segment of the pipeline that was revoked had been approved by President Donald Trump in 2019.”

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  11. Why?

    They rarely even catch it. It’s not like this is a one time thing with these vaccines. Yearly shots are required, so what’s the object here?

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  12. Only four arrested since October? a quick look on the interent shows an average of a dozen people arrested as suspected terrorists at the mexican border. In other words, four is the norm and not any different from any other year.

    Of course, the threat of terrorism is already within the country, a heavily armed man was arrested near VP Harris’s home. And in Atlanta, a man delibrately hunted Asian women. The Mexican border is not entry point for terrorism, its already in the US.

    If the Deomcrats are leading beneficiaries of dark money, why aren’t Republicans in favour of banning dark money….

    There’s been almost twenty years of endless war (on terror) — that alone would explain a loss of confidence in the military. If you want to blame someone, blame Bush/Cheney who brought you the completely unnecessary Iraqi war.


  13. Spreading disinformation again HRW?

    I challenge you to show us another news story where a dozen names from the terror watch list have entered as you claimed.

    Proof please.


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