Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Western intelligence services are exploring the possibility that ex-Gitmo detainees (the supposedly “lower threat” ones, released prior to the ‘Taliban Five’) may hold leadership positions within the death cult that’s marauding through vast swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory.

Treason: Three of the Five Enemy Combatants Obama Swapped are Now Islamic State (ISIS) Leaders

If only Obama worked as hard to get James Foley out; he’d have his head and be alive today.
“GAO: Yes, Obama’s Taliban/Bergdahl Exchange Was Illegal,” By Guy Benson, Townhall
This isn’t necessarily “news,” per se, but it’s confirmation from a respected nonpartisan source. The ‘Taliban Five’ for Bergdahl trade, sans mandatory Congressional notification, was not legal. But the Obama White House executed it anyway, over the objections of the intelligence community:
President Obama’s decision to exchange captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees violated federal law, according to a legal opinion the Government Accountability Office sent to Congress Thursday. That’s because the administration failed to notify Congress at least 30 days before the transfer, as required under a law passed in February. The Pentagon notified Congress of the deal on May 31, the same day the transfer was made. And because Congress did not authorize spending for the exchange, it also violated the Antideficiency Act, a law intended to protect Congress’s power of the purse. The Department of Defense spent $988,400 on the transfer, the Pentagon told the GAO. An intentional violation of the Antideficiency Act is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison, but those criminal penalties are rarely enforced.

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