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Nonpartisan Government Watchdog- Pentagon BROKE THE LAW With Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

Lib media will yawn at this...

The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.


WASHINGTON -(MYFOX/AP) The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Defense Department failed to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange — a clear violation of the law — and used $988,400 of a wartime account to make the transfer. The GAO also said the Pentagon's use of funds that hadn't been expressly appropriated violated the Anti-deficiency Act.

"In our view, the meaning of the (law) is clear and unambiguous," the GAO wrote to nine Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and various committees. "Section 8111 prohibits the use of 'funds appropriated or otherwise made available' in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, to transfer any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay to the custody or control of a foreign entity' except in accordance" with the law.

The GAO said the relevant committees received phone calls from May 31 — the day of the transfer — to June 1, with written notification coming on June 2.

Five senior Taliban were released from detention at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl, who had disappeared from his post in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. The five Taliban are to remain in Qatar for a year.




 

Missouri Governor Orders National Guard to Withdraw From Ferguson


National Guard was initially called in early Monday


nbcnews
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday after finding the situation on the ground "greatly improved."

State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement from St. Louis County will continue taking the lead maintaining security in the St. Louis suburb, Nixon said in a statement.

"The situation has greatly improved with fewer incidents of outside instigators interfering with peaceful protesters, and fewer acts of violence," the statement said.

The governor's office did not say specifically how long it would take to withdraw the National Gaurd, a process that will be coordinated with the Highway Patrol.

Ferguson has been roiled by protests since the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, but only six arrests were made on Wednesday night, one of the calmest since Brown's death. Dozens of arrests had been made the previous night. Police reported no shots fired or Molotov cocktails thrown, similar to the night before.


 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Illegal Immigrants ‘The Backbone of our Economy’

Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz on Fusion TV's America with Jorge Ramos

Illegals are the backbone. Republicans are 'bigots'





 

Bolton Pounces: Pentagon Revealing Failed Rescue Mission a 'Stunning Breach of Security'...'This Is Exactly the Sort of Thing That Should Remain Confidential For 50 Years'




'This is a covert operation'....'This is just not something you do!'


Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton says the failed US mission to rescue the journalist James Foley who was executed by ISIS NEVER should have been revealed to the public, he adds that it was obviously ordered by the WH as the military would never divulge this kind of information.

Here is Bolton on Fox News Greta-





 

Support for U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq Jumps From 45% to 54%


45% of voters say U.S. should arm the Kurds


ABC News
After splitting evenly two months ago, a majority of Americans now support U.S. air strikes in Iraq – but without additional credit to Barack Obama for ordering them.

Support for the military action against Sunni insurgents in Iraq is up by 9 percentage points since June, from 45 to 54 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while opposition is down by 7 points, to 39 percent. Yet views on Obama’s handling of the situation are essentially unchanged – 42 percent approve, while 51 percent disapprove.

On a third question, the public divides on providing arms and ammunition to the Kurdish military forces who are opposing the insurgents, with 45 percent in favor, 49 percent opposed.

The air strikes, which began nearly two weeks ago, represent the most significant U.S. military operations in Iraq since the withdrawal of the last ground troops in late 2011. Interviews for this survey, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, were completed before the announcement that U.S. air strikes had assisted Iraqi and Kurdish forces in recapturing the Mosul Dam, a major strategic objective.

An increase in support for U.S. military action occurred among Democrats and political independents – up by 10 and 8 points, respectively, while remaining largely stable and higher among Republicans. Similarly, support has increased by 8 to 12 points among liberals, moderates and those who say they’re “somewhat” conservative, while holding steady among strong conservatives


ABC News Poll-
Obama Approval Flat/Support for Airstrikes jumps 9

(How could he even be at 42%? Iraq is a disaster?)
ABC News


 

ISIS Demanded $132M for Release of Journalist James Foley



NEW YORK - NBC News
The Islamic militant group ISIS at one time demanded a ransom of 100 million euros — $132 million — for the release of James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded in an ISIS video made public earlier this week.

The figure was confirmed to NBC News on Thursday by a spokesman for GlobalPost, the news organization for which Foley was working when he was captured in Syria in 2012.

The U.S. military tried a mission to rescue Foley and other American hostages held in Syria by militants, but the mission failed because the hostages were not where planners through they were, U.S. officials have told NBC News.

Philip Balboni, the chief executive of GlobalPost, told The Wall Street Journal that all communication about Foley was shared with government authorities. He declined to discuss the organization’s reply to the ransom demand

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ISIS jihadist who beheaded James Foley has British accent, may be Londoner named John
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American Doctor Infected with Ebola Tests Negative, Will Be Released From Emory Hospital in Atlanta Today **UPDATE** Video of Kent Brantly: "God Saved My Life"

Wow.

Kent Brantly, one of the two American doctors infected with Ebola while working in west Africa, is expected to be released from Emory University Hospital today. The second patient, Dr. Nancy Writebol, remains in recovery, but is regaining strength.

Brantly arrived at Emory on August 2nd


wsbtv
Emory University Hospital will hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to talk about the release of both Ebola patients currently being treated at the hospital. Dr. Kent Brantly is expected to be present at the news conference to make a statement.

News Chopper 2 was there as Brantly arrived at the hospital Saturday, Aug. 2, where he walked in wearing a protective suit. A second Ebola patient, Nancy Writebol, arrived three days later.

Both patients have been kept in isolation inside the hospital as they received treatment for the virus.

In a statement from Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, he said:

“Today I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital. Over the past few weeks I have marveled at Dr. Brantly’s courageous spirit as he has fought this horrible virus with the help of the highly competent and caring staff at Emory University Hospital. His faithfulness to God and compassion for the people of Africa have been an example to us all.

“I know that Dr. Brantly and his wonderful family would ask that you please remember and pray for those in Africa battling, treating and suffering from Ebola

Video report from WSBTV

 
Video- Brantly presser

Israeli Airstrike Kills 3 Senior Hamas Leaders


Netanyahu praises the Israeli military's 'precise execution'

ABC News/AP
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.

The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in a densely populated neighborhood of the southern town of Rafah, killing six people, including the three senior Hamas commanders.

The trio had played a key role in expanding Hamas' military capabilities in recent years, including digging attack tunnels leading to Israel, training of fighters and smuggling of weapons to Gaza, Israel said.

It was not immediately clear if their assassination would prompt a change in Hamas strategy in the current round of fighting with Israel or diminish the group's ability to fire rockets at Israel. The military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, is a secretive organization.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said Israel "will not succeed in breaking the will of our people or weaken the resistance," and that Israel "will pay the price."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the "superior intelligence" of the Shin Bet security service and the military's "precise execution" of the attack.

CNN has video of the 3 Hamas leaders who were killed





 

Report: Officer Darren Wilson Was Badly Beaten by Michael Brown Before Shooting

Video- Fox News Mike Tobin reports on the injuries



Darren Wilson, officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, was beaten nearly unconscious by Brown, according to a Fox News report.

Citing “a source close” to the police department’s “top brass,” the report said Wilson suffered a fracture to his eye socket and was taken to the hospital with half his face swollen.

More from the report:
According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said..

“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,” the source said. “They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.

'What, you're going to shoot me?'
The source claims that there is "solid proof" that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, "What, you're going to shoot me?"

At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown's skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown's family.


 

VIDEO- PM David Cameron Condemns 'Barbaric and Brutal' Killing of James Foley



Speaking to reporters in Number 10, PM Cameron said it seemed "increasingly likely" that a British citizen was the killer.

"Let me condemn the barbaric and brutal act that has taken place and let's be clear what this act is - it is an act of murder, and murder without any justification," he said.

"We have not identified the individual responsible, but from what we have seen it looks increasingly likely that it is a British citizen.

"This is deeply shocking. But we know that far too many British citizens have travelled to Iraq and travelled to Syria to take part in extremism and violence"


 

Obama Statement on James Foley: No Just God Would Stand For What #ISIS Did Yesterday

"People like this ultimately fail" Obama says

"We will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope and civility"

Here's President Obama with a statement on the killing of American journalist James Foley by terrorist group ISIS yesterday.  BTW,  he sounds and looks angry here but says very little on what the United States is going to do specifically in retaliation.


**UPDATE**
Later Guys!