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Cruz In Iowa: Obama Executive Gun Control Not Worth The Paper Its Printed On

Senator Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz

Speaking in Onawa, Iowa Tuesday as President Obama was unveiling his executive orders on gun control, GOP presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that those executive orders weren’t worth the paper they were printed on.

From the QC Times:

I can tell you right now, those executive orders are not worth the paper they are printed on,” Cruz told about 75 voters at the Onawa public library, “because when you live by the pen, you die by the pen and my pen has got an eraser.”

Cruz promised to protect the Second Amendment right of Americans to bear arms. In his first days in office as president, Cruz said he would rescind not just the gun control actions but “every illegal, unconstitutional action taken by this president.”

Hillary In Iowa: GOP Prez Would Undo Obama’s Executive Gun Control

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Speaking Monday in Davenport, Iowa Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton said that a Republican winning in 2016 would mean that on day one President Obama’s executive order(s) on gun control would be undone.

And that is a bad thing, how?

From the QC Times:

“There’s a lot at stake. You know, the president may sign these executive orders on guns. They could be undone the first day by a Republican president,” she said.

She added the president’s actions to fight climate change also could be in danger. She also criticized Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Clinton’s Davenport appearance was the first in a two-day swing through Iowa.

Most of her remarks were aimed at the GOP presidential field and conjuring up the image of a Republican winning the presidency, which she told audience members would give them “nightmares.”

At one point, she noted efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and added, “We need to understand, if they get in it’s gone.”

Kinzinger: Just Because Congress Unpopular Doesn’t Mean Obama Can Throw Out Constitution

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Appearing on Fox New’s Fox & Friends Monday morning Illinois congressman Adam Kizninger said that, “Congress may be unpopular…but that doesn’t mean Congress doesn’t exist, that doesn’t mean you(President Obama) conveniently get to throw out the constitution.”

This was in reaction to President Obama meeting later in the day with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to talk about possible gun control executive orders.

Kinzigner said that, “What he’s(Obama) proposing, what’s been proposed wouldn’t have stopped any of these tragic mass shootings from happening.”

Kinzinger also noted that being from Illinois and a district that rings Chicagoland that there is, “(A) lot of gun violence that happens in Chicago and is one of the strictest city’s on guns. It’s not an issue of gun availability, its’ an issue of the heart of people.”

Joe Walsh: Time For Civil Disobedience On Obama’s Gun Control

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh

Monday President Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss the final touches of his planned executive order(s) to curtail the second amendment rights of Americans.

And with that news former Illinois Tea Party congressman Joe Walsh, now heard on AM 560 The Answer, took over the internet this New Year’s weekend.

 

12400510_784962141609150_2293770189191918635_nWalsh tweeted and Facebooked a message calling on Americans to defy those forthcoming executive orders on gun control saying it was time for civil disobedience.  Walsh added on his Facebook page that the people should, ” Make him throw us all in jail.”

That echoes a viral video message Walsh made several weeks ago daring AG Lynch to prosecute him for having made negative comments about Muslims and Islam following Lynch threatening to go after people who say bad things about Muslims following Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

Obama’s executive order(s) are likely to try a force small, part-time, gun sellers to complete federal background checks on all firearm purchases, as well as other measures meant to close the fictitious “gun show loophole”, and may include a call to bar people on terrorists watch lists from being able to purchase a gun and ammunition.

The National Rifle Association is vowing to try to block Obama’s executive gun control, which Obama says he is being forced to do because the Republican controlled Congress won’t enact gun control legislation for him.

Obama’s Final SOTU Preview: Guantanamo Closure Plan

obama242wayWhile others are looking back and writing about the year that was I’ve got my focus squarely on what is to come in 2016 and one of the first big things that will happen is President Obama’s final State of the Union address.

Two of the major items that Obama is likely to cover during his remarks to a joint session of Congress on January 12th are his pending executive order(s) curtailing the 2nd amendment rights of Americans and his long-delayed plan to close the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and bring dozens of the worlds worst Islamic terrorists into the country. This would include 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

Obama’s Guantanamo closure plan, which has been drafted by the Pentagon, was to have been made public a month ago but was sent back for revisions by the White House because of its estimated $600+ million price tag.  Since late Summer the Obama administration has been looking at using the federal SuperMax prison in Colorado, a closed Colorado state prison, the stockade at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and the Navy brig in Charleston, SC as potential domestic prisons that could be used to house the more than 60 Guantanamo detainees who are too dangerous to release to another country.

The prospects of these sites being used to house some of the worst terrorists that have been captured on the battlefield has drawn major objections from elected officials in South Carolina, Kansas, and Colorado.

These sites came into the Guantanamo discussion following an August report by the Washington Post which details how an official at the Justice Department threw cold water on the administrations previous plan to send the terrorist detainees to Thomson Prison(AUSP Thomson) in Northwest Illinois. That DOJ official cited the legal difficulties in using Thomson as a site to house Gitmo terrorists due to Congresses prohibitions on the use of any funds to purchase or make ready any prison inside the country for the purpose of housing the terrorists and a ban on their being brought into the country..

Because of the administration rejecting the Pentagon’s Gitmo closure plan due to its cost and White House press secretary Josh Ernest saying repeatedly during the month of November that Obama was prepared to use executive orders to circumvent Congresses restrictions on Guantanamo it is entirely probable that come the State of the Union speech Obama will announce that he’s going to use an executive order(s) to close Gitmo and bring some, if not all, of the terrorist that cannot be released to another country to Thomson given that the feds have already paid $165 million for it and it is ready to start taking in prisoners(The CRomnibus of last year contained $58.7 million for Thomson’s activation, and the SurrenderBus has a slush fund of $444-530 million that the Bureau of Prisons can allocate to Thomson.)  There are currently 100 minimum security prisoners there who are being used as laborers. The executive order(s) would theoretically only be used if Congress rejected any plan to close Guantanamo Obama puts forth in the next few weeks.(It is also a possibility that Obama could disperse the terrorists amongst Thomson, Ft. Leavenworth, and the Navy brig as a means to lessen public and congressional objections.)

In November President Obama vetoed the annual National Defense Authorization Act because it contained, as past NDAA’s have, the prohibitions on the spending of funds for any domestic prison for the terrorists and the ban on their being able to step foot inside the US. Obama also vetoed the NDAA in order to get the domestic sequestration budget caps removed, something that GOP congressional leaders did as part of the SurrenderBus that was passed the week before Christmas.  President Obama has repeatedly cried that those Gitmo restrictions are unconstitutional usurpations of his authority as Commander-in-Chief.

During a press conference as the SurrenderBus was being sent to his desk Obama said that members of Congress would surprise people and could support his plans to close Gitmo and bring the terrorists held there into the country because the cost of keeping Gitmo open, plus the excuse that it is used as a recruiting tool for terrorist organizations are somehow compelling  enough reasons to get Congress, namely Republicans, to totally reverse course on the issue and drop all of their objections to Gitmo’s closure and the bringing in of the terrorists to domestic prison(s).

Speaker Paul Ryan has said that Gitmo should be kept open permanently, and Sen. Tim Scott(R-SC) warned people on this Saturday’s edition of Fox & Friends to be aware that something could happen related to Gitmo during the holiday lull; Thus it is extremely unlikely Obama will turn Congress around to his way of seeing things on Guantanamo.

Furthermore Obama’s attempts at painting congresses Gitmo restrictions as unconstitutional are going to fall flat on its face given the plain language contained in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution which  gives Congress the power, “To declare war, grant letters of Marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning capture on land and water.” Article I, Section 8 also gives Congress the power, “To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.” These combined with Congresses explicit power of the purse makes any possible argument Obama might make against the Gitmo restrictions a complete farce.

As you beloved readers of USofArn.com already know since the first week of June 2014 I have been attempting to get emails, memos, and other communications as well as financial documents related to Thomson prison from the Bureau of Prisons and the Justice Department via the Freedom of Information Act to no avail.  The BoP and DOJ have told me that no emails or other communications exist between them and congresswoman Cheri Bustos(D-IL) and Sen. “Little” Dick Durbin(D-IL) relating to Thomson, which is ridiculous since that FOIA covered a time period that began before Bustos was sworn in as a Member of Congress(Thomson Prison is in her district).  It is unbelievable that no communications exist between the BoP and the two members of Congress responsible for Thomson Prison getting nearly all of its funding.  Whats worse is the letter the DOJ sent me last month saying that the Guantanamo closure plan and where to send the terrorists wasn’t a pressing public or media issue, that is complete and utter hogwash.  The DOJ and BOP even refuse to answer this reporters questions regarding the Gitmo closure plan about simple things like are any Gitmo terrorist in the US currently and how would the bringing in of those terrorists comport with the Supreme Court’s Eisentrager ruling which would grant those terrorists immediate access to all Constitutional rights and protections the second they touched foot on US soil. For 10-12 weeks the DOJ and BOP have completely ignored all emails and phone calls I’ve made seeking those answers. Thomson’s warden Donald Hudson continues to refuse to answer my questions and emails as well.

The stonewalling and outright lies that I’ve been told by the Obama admin relating to Thomson have me convinced that all the talk in recent months about the Navy brig or Ft. Leavenworth are head fakes meant to keep people from paying any attention to what the Obama admin has wanted to do for years, and that is to bring the Gitmo detainees to rural Illinois.  I am also convinced that the reason my latest questions and most recent FOIA are being ignored is because the administration wants to be the one to make public the contents of the Gitmo closure plan and not a simple conservative blogger who lives in Northern Illinois.

Obama: Congress May Surprise You And Support Closing Guantanamo And Bringing Terrorists Into US

obama242waySpeaking at a press conference Friday President Obama said that Congress may surprise people and support him in his effort to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison and bring the terrorists detainees being held there into the United States.(Video here via Gateway Pundit)

Obama argued that the cost of the military facility, and the oft cited excuse that it is a major recruiting tool for terrorist organizations are compelling reasons that will sway Congress, which in the past has enacted prohibitions on the closure of the military detention facility and continued to do so in the just passed SurenderBus.

Several weeks ago President Obama vetoed the annual National Defense Authorization Act in part because it too continued Congresses ban on the closure of Guantanamo and on bring any terrorists held there into the country. Obama eventually signed a different version of the NDAA soon after with the Guantanamo provisions intact.

The President and his staff are hinting that a full Guantanamo closure plan will be made public sometime in January.

This week the Obama administartion announced that it would be releasing 17 more terrorist from the prison to other countries as part of the Presidents effort to have Guantanamo emptied of as many terrorists as possible before shutter the facility all together.

Sen. John McCain has already said he’d back Guantanamo’s closure and he can easily get some other RINOs to follow suit.

Kinzinger: Obama Needs To Redo Oval Office ISIS Speech

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Appearing on the Fox News Channel Thursday morning with Bill Hemmer, Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger said that President Obama need a redo of his oval office speech on ISIS following the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

Kinzinger said, “It is time for the administration to wake up. This is the only President I’ve ever seen give an oval office address and come out worse on the other side. He needs to do a redo on that and tell the American people that he’s going to keep them safe here at home and here’s how and also tell how we’re going to defeat ISIS and its going to be don by the time I’m out of office.”

Did anyone in Kinzinger’s staff not tell him that Obama’s speech wasn’t about defeating ISIS or other terrorists, it was about lecturing Americans about the need for gun control and gave him a chance to chastise Republicans for saying mean things about Muslims.

For months Kinzinger has been adamant that Obama give some kind of oval office speech on ISIS and terrorism, thinking that that will somehow turn the tide of war in our favor. And now when Obama finally does what Kinzinger has wanted, he wants a redo because Obama came off terrible, give me a break.

Sen. Kirk To Obama: Foolish Not To Check Social Media Of Visa Applicants

Sen.Mark Kirk(R-IL)

Sen.Mark Kirk(R-IL)

In a letter to President Obama Republican Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk and Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said that it was foolish for the Obama administration to not check the social media postings of visa applicants following the ISIS terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

It has been learned that the Obama administration intentionally blocked those who vet visa applications from checking their social media for possible signs of terrorism because doing so would violate the civil liberties of the foreign nationals seeking to come to the United States.

That failure allowed Tashfeen Malik to enter the US on a K-1 finance visa ever after having made several posts supportive of Jihad. She and her husband Syed Farook then went on to murder 14 people at an office Christmas party and injure 22 others before being killed in a shootout with police.

The letter reads in part:

(W)e are perplexed at federal agency policy regarding social media. In an era where a growing number of communications take place on internet platforms, it would be foolish to ignore this goldmine of information. We understand that social media entries cannot be dispositive, but to ignore the information out of hand is unreasonable.

You can read the full letter here.

Foolish doesn’t even begin to describe the ineptitude of President Obama and his underlings when it comes to the easily preventable San Bernardino terrorist attack. Simply put Obama and his PC police minions have the blood of those 14 dead Americans on their hands.

Obama’s Gitmo Closure Plans Hit Roadblock, Would Cost Too Much

Club Gitmo

Club Gitmo

President Obama’s plans to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and bring 60 or more or the worlds worst terrorists into the country has hit a roadblock. A Pentagon plan has been rejected by the White House because it would cost to much, $600 million.

The Wall Street Journal via WQAD has more:

the Wall Street Journal reports the White House rejected a Pentagon plan to close Gitmo and build a new U.S. prison in its place, because the cost estimates were too high.

The price tag would have been around $600 million — reported the Journal, citing administration officials — so the plan was sent back to the Pentagon for revisions.

The report from the Journal said Obama asked the Pentagon to reduce the plan’s price tag by paring down the costs of a proposed new military prison in the United States.

During the summer Obama told Congress he was close to delivering what will probably be his last Guantanamo closure plan, but so far nothing has been given to lawmakers to review.

DOJ: Gitmo Closure And Where To Send The Terrorist Not Pressing Media Or Public Issue

Club Gitmo

Club Gitmo

The absurdity of the Obama administration knows no ends.

This week the Obama Justice Department sent USofArn.com a letter denying an appeal to have a Freedom of Information Act request expedited under rules for issues of pressing media and public interest.  It was the DOJ’s contention and that of Justices Director of Public Affairs that the issues of President Obama’s planned closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison and the bringing in of 60 or so of the worlds worst terrorist included 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed to be housed and detained inside the country didn’t qualify or merit a faithful execution of the FOIA act because they didn’t believe the issue was of pressing media concern and did not affect the publics view of the integrity of the federal government.

USofArn.com was yet again seeking to have the Justice Department and Bureau of Prisons releases emails, memos, and other communications along with detailed financial documents related to Thomson prison in Thomson, Illinois for the entirely of the Obama administration into the end of October of this year.  The DOJ and Bureau of Prisons in prior FOIA request claimed that absolutely no emails, memos or other communications existed for a year and a half time frame that would have included the days immediately following the public disclosure of the Bowe Bergdahl deal.  The DOJ and BOP also claim that during a time frame from January 2013 to June of 2014 they had no email or other discussions with Illinois Democrat congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin, a time frame during which both were instrumental in bringing tens of millions of dollars in funding to the prison. It took the DOJ and DOP more than a year and a half to finally claim nothing existed relevent to the original FOIA request.

The Obama administration for the last several weeks has been hinting at the public release of its plan to close Guantanamo Bay, but has of yet failed to do so. On Wednesday President Obama signed into law the NDAA defense spending bill and its continued restrictions on closing Guantanamo and bring the terrorist into the country.  In an accompanying signing statement President Obama said that he’d implement that only so long as it doesn’t interfere with separation of powers.  Meaning, a long rumored, by White House press secretary Josh Earnest, executive order closing Guantanamo Bay and bring the terrorist into the country is looming.

In recent weeks the Obama administration has sent military teams to the Navy brig in Charleston, South Carolina, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and two prison one state owned, the other the federal SuperMax prison, as possible sites to hold the Guantanamo terrorist.

It had been the Obama administrations repeatedly publicly stated intention to bring those terrorists out of the 112 currently in Guantanamo that cannot be released to another country to Thomson.  The Washington Post reported several months ago that an official in the Justice Department made strong enough objections to the use of Thomson, that the other sites, which have all been fiercely opposed by their congressional delegations and Gov. Nikki Haley, were considered.

USofArn.com’s latest FOIA, given the time frame that it covers, would ascertain whether or not the Obama administration had changed its mind on Thomson given the public opposition to all of the other sites known, as well as the idea as a whole, hopefully before or at least coinciding with the public announcement of the Guantanamo closure plans, hence the need for expediting.

For weeks USofArn.com has also been trying to get the Justice Department to answer questions related to the Guantanamo Bay closure not the least of which was related to the constitutional rights any GItmo terrorist would be entitled to under the Supreme Courts Eisentrager ruling. They have yet to respond to repeated emails and phone messages.

There has been a lot of secrecy, stonewalling, denials, delays, and real whoppers coming from the DOJ and BOP over Thomson prison.  Thomson’s Warden still refuses to answer any questions, a line he’s held for months. And what’s worst, attempts to use the means to get the truth our of a government that lies, the Freedom of Information Act, has been rendered use less.

But as the saying in the X-Files goes “The truth is out there”.