State Department releases first batch of Hillary Clinton emails

hillary-clinton-twitter_470x305The State Department released its first batch of Hillary Clinton emails Friday, a total of 296 documents from between 2011 and 2012 related to Benghazi. In case you have nothing else to do during the Memorial Day weekend, you can read them all yourself here.

From Fox News:

The emails, just a fraction of what the department has in its custody, show internal communications before and after the Benghazi terror attack in 2012. One email to Clinton, regarding one of then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s TV appearances the Sunday after the attack, appeared to praise her for reflecting their “view” that the attack was “spontaneous.”

Despite this email,other guidance has emerged showing Clinton and others were warned shortly after the attack that it may have been planned by Al Qaeda-tied fighters, and not a “spontaneous” reaction to an anti-Islam Internet video.

Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the emails were given to a House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Harf said redactions were made according to Freedom of Information Act Standards. There’s also this:

Another email in the batch showed Clinton received information on her private email server that has now been classified about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi. The email in question, forwarded to Clinton by her deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan, relates to reports of arrests in Libya of possible suspects in the attack.

The information was not classified at the time the email was sent but was upgraded from “unclassified” to “secret” on Friday at the request of the FBI, according to State Department officials. They said 23 words of the Nov. 18, 2012, message were redacted from the day’s release of 296 emails totaling 896 pages to protect information that could damage foreign relations. Because the information was not classified at the time the email was sent, no laws were violated, but Friday’s redaction shows that Clinton received sensitive information on her unsecured personal server.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, released a written statement about the Friday email release:

“It is also important to remember these email messages are just one piece of information that cannot be completely evaluated or fully understood without the total record. The Committee is working to collect and evaluate all of the relevant and material information necessary to evaluate the full range of issues in context,” he said. “We will not reach any investigative conclusions until our work is complete, but these emails continue to reinforce the fact that unresolved questions and issues remain as it relates to Benghazi.”

He reiterated that the committee wants Clinton to turn over her personal server and “the full body of emails over to a neutral, detached, independent third party for review.”

Gowdy has delayed Clinton’s testimony before the panel until it receives and evaluates all of the requested emails.

By the way: Rand Paul was right about weapons flowing from Benghazi to ISIS ports

rand-paul-listeningI touched on this briefly Monday, but just in case any of your liberal friends still mock Sen. Rand Paul’s 2013 line of questioning to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about whether weapons were passing through Benghazi to Syrian ports under ISIS control, here’s proof that Paul’s suspicions were right:

[An] Oct. 5, 2012, [Defense Intelligence Agency] memo, penned before the Benghazi attacks, makes it clear that the U.S. was watching as weapons were transferred from Benghazi to two Syrian ports.

“We played no role” in the moving of weapons from Syria, said former acting CIA director Michael Morell. “Whether we were watching other people do it, I can’t talk about.”

Morell’s statement seems to confirm a Daily Telegraph report that the U.S. facilitated, through other countries, arms transfers to rebels that would become the Islamic State.

The U.S. ran 75 airlifts and 3,000 tons of Yugoslav weapons to the rebels in November 2012, according to the Daily Telegraph: “The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria’s neighbours.”

At the same time, the U.S. gave Syria $1 billion in “humanitarian assistance,” more than any other nation, with $250 million allocated directly to the Syrian rebels who would soon be known as the Islamic State, for what the State Department calls “non-lethal transition support.”

Syrian activists interviewed by NPR say the $1 billion in taxpayer money was “almost invisible on the ground.”

At the time of Paul’s questioning of Clinton, ThinkProgress said he was “pushing a conspiracy theory.”

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Report: Clinton Foundation reveals $26 million in undisclosed donations

imagesThe Clinton Foundation fessed up Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources, and other groups, the Washington Post has reported:

The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign.

The money was paid as fees for speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Foundation officials said the funds were tallied internally as “revenue” rather than donations, which is why they had not been included in the public listings of its contributors published as part of the 2008 agreement.

The Clinton Foundation website disclosed that, in total, the Clintons were paid between $12 million and $26.4 million for their speeches. A highlight of the foreign money:

There was one entity clearly associated with a foreign government that provided speaking fees, of $250,000 to $500,000 for a speech by Bill Clinton: The energy ministry in Thailand.

The U.S. Islamic World Forum also provided $250,000 to $500,000 to the foundation for a speech by Bill Clinton, according to the new disclosure. The event was organized in part by the Brookings Institution with support from the government of Qatar.

In addition, the list is studded with overseas corporations and foundations.

They included the South Korean energy and chemicals conglomerate Hanwha, which paid $500,000 to $1,000,000 for a speech by Bill Clinton.

China Real Estate Development Corp. paid the foundation between $250,000 and $500,000 for a speech by the former president. The Qatar First Investment Bank, now known as the Qatar First Bank, paid fees in a similar range. The bank is described by Persian Gulf financial press as specializing in high-net-worth clients.

The Telmex Foundation, founded by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, provided between $250,000 and $500,000 for a speech by Hillary Clinton.

Last week, Hillary Clinton revealed that she and Bill have made around $25 million in speeches since January 2014 alone.

Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, has said that the speech money was not disclosed while Hillary Clinton was a senator and then secretary of state because speeches delivered by public officials or their spouses acting as an “agent” of a charitable group in which the payment is made directly to the organization don’t need to be disclosed in the financial filings of public officials. However, Craig Minassian, a spokesman for the Clinton Foundation, said the foundation decided to disclose the speech money as part of its continuing commitment to transparency.

Video: Children used in FEMA camp round-up drills

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Operation Jade Helm 15 is still a few weeks away, but video of an ongoing 7-week “assault support tactics” exercise in Yuma, Arizona shows what residents of the eight southwestern states subject to Jade Helm might be in for. In the video, innocent, impressionable children are visibly used in the exercise. Watch it below:

It’s important that the U.S. military is prepared for any situation. But using children as part of this exercise seems a bit excessive.