Obama sends our soldiers to Egypt to help the Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama sends U.S. riot control trained troops to Egypt

Will Obama move troops from the Sinai to Cairo?
As Barack Obama has already informed the enemy Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan of our intent to withdraw most of our troops next year, the same Commander-in-Chief has authorized the deployment of 400 U.S. Army troops to assist the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egyptian government, as reported by the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) via Google News on June 24, 2013.

Citing various local sources from the Killeen and Ft. Hood, Texas area, American troops from the sprawling Army post will soon man posts throughout Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as part of a nine-month “peacekeeping mission.”

Part of the pre-deployment training includes crowd control measures during protests and riots.

“Soldiers encountered Molotov cocktails and other dangerous items in the training,” according to a local TV news station that broke the story out of Killeen.

According to a U.S. Army press release, a battalion task force from the 1st Cavalry Division is officially slated for assignment to the United Nation’s spawned Multinational Force and Observers Peacekeeping Force (MFO) in Egypt.

Any troops from the twenty member states assigned to the MFO, to include American, are not under the operational command of their respective nations, but are answerable to the MFO headquarters located in Rome, Italy.

According to the MFO website, the American contingent is also tasked with providing a Quick Reaction Force.

There is no indication from any of the cited sources if American troops assigned to the MFO could be re-deployed to other hot-spots in the region at the pleasure of the Commander-in-Chief.

Ft. Hood has been in the national spotlight due to the Department of Justice deeming “workplace violence” in which Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire in a crowded Deployment Processing Center, killing 14 (one of the soldiers killed was pregnant) and wounding 32 troops and civilians.

Despite Nidal screaming the al-Qaeda war cry of “Allahu Akbar” during the massacre, the Obama Administration has determined the attack wasn’t an act of terrorism.

European officials lash out at new NSA spying report.

European officials lash out at new NSA spying report

Protestors hold posters reading 'Stasi 2.0' depicting U.S. President Barack Obama wearing headphones, in allusion of a film poster of the movie 'The Lives of Others' talking about spying and monitoring practices of the former Eastern German secret police 'Stasi', on June 18, 2013, in Berlin.

Protestors hold posters reading ‘Stasi 2.0’ depicting U.S. President Barack Obama wearing headphones, in allusion of a film poster of the movie ‘The Lives of Others’ talking about spying and monitoring practices of the former Eastern German secret police ‘Stasi’, on June 18, 2013, in Berlin. / GETTY IMAGES

BERLINA top German official accused the United States on Sunday of using “Cold War” methods against its allies, after a German magazine cited secret intelligence documents to claim that U.S. spies bugged European Union offices.

Obama to Germans: America is not “rifling” through your emails

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger was responding to a report by German news weekly Der Spiegel, which claimed that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on EU offices in Washington, New York and Brussels. The magazine cited classified U.S. documents taken by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that it said it had partly seen.

“If the media reports are accurate, then this recalls the methods used by enemies during the Cold War,” Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said in a statement to The Associated Press.

“It is beyond comprehension that our friends in the United States see Europeans as enemies,” she said, calling for an “immediate and comprehensive” response from the U.S. government to the claims.

Other European officials demanded an explanation from the U.S.

“I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations,” European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a statement, according to CNN. “If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations. On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to these allegations.”

The revelations come at a particularly sensitive time for U.S.-E.U. relations, as long-awaited talks about a new trade pact are scheduled to begin next week. It is unclear how the latest report on NSA spying are going to affect them, but the trade pact has been a centerpiece of the Obama administrations diplomatic efforts in Europe for some time.

According to Der Spiegel, the NSA planted bugs in the EU’s diplomatic offices in Washington and infiltrated the building’s computer network. Similar measures were taken at the EU’s mission to the United Nations in New York, the magazine said.

Der Spiegel didn’t publish the alleged NSA documents it cited or say how it obtained access to them. But one of the report’s authors is Laura Poitras, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who interviewed Snowden while he was holed up in Hong Kong.

The magazine also didn’t specify how it learned of the NSA’s alleged eavesdropping efforts at a key EU office in Brussels. There, the NSA used secure facilities at NATO headquarters nearby to dial into telephone maintenance systems that would have allowed it to intercept senior EU officials’ calls and Internet traffic, Der Spiegel report said.

Germany was allegedly the focus of the European spying, according to The Guardian, categorising Washington’s key European ally alongside China, Iraq or Saudi Arabia in the intensity of the electronic snooping.

During a trip through Europe two weeks ago, President Obama assured an audience in Germany that America is not indiscriminately “rifling” through the emails of ordinary European citizens, describing the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs as a “circumscribed” system that has averted threats in America, Germany, and elsewhere.

Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger urged EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to take personal responsibility for investigating the allegations.

The United States has defended its efforts to intercept electronic communications overseas by arguing that this has helped prevent terror attacks at home and abroad.

Mario’s note:  

Every Christian should be praying today and speaking out.  Obama needs to be removed from office because his failure and incompetence has become intolerably dangerous.   He is a one man wrecking ball.  Let’s review just a partial list of things and places in the world that he has either bungled, ruined or destabilized.

1. The American Economy.

2. China.

3. Russia.

4. Israel

5. The entire Middle East

6. Latin America

7.  Last not but least Europe.

He is presently on an African Safari that costs the American People $100 million.   As far as we can tell it is primary to advance Gay causes.  The Obama presidency is indefensible.   Pray and speak out.

A National Youth Revival is coming.

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There is a fresh openness to the Gospel about to break on America.  It will not come through the usual channels.  The case for this prediction is strong so please take a moment to read this, not just to be encouraged, but to be prepared.

During my entire ministry, I have studied the Word of God.  Even though I believe in prophetic words it has been my habit to absorb as much as I possibly could directly from the Bible.

It is from this body of evidence that I will make give you my considered opinion that the last great revival on earth will be a youth revival.  That is correct, the fuse for global awakening is the young.

The last two verse of the Old Testament is teeming with meaning: Malachi 4:  5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

There are three quotes in that verse that have great meaning to you right now.

1. “I will send”:  It will come from God Himself. This means that nothing can prevent its arrival. Times of refreshing from the throne of God make their way to Earth without regard to human planning and often at the most unexpected time and in a most unexpected way.

John 1:6 says, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”  John the Baptist baffled experts.  He was a phenomenon that violated every religious opinion of his time.  So is it today that God will give the order and the raging of men will not alter the course of this event.

2. “He will turn the hearts”:   1 Kings 18: 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”

3. Lest:  Even though this is a threat it is the most powerful part of the promise.  It reminds us that it is wrong to assume judgment or as Jonah did, secretly desire judgment. Joel 2:13 tells us, “So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. 14 Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him—A grain offering and a drink offering For the Lord your God?

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Now here are my reasons for believing we are at the brink of a youth harvest in America:

1. I believe that God provoked Satan to overplay his hand thereby getting youth sick of excess.  Immoral activist, aging baby boomers are beginning to look disgusting and tedious to youth.  Ambivalence toward Abortion, socialism, Europe and atheism and even feminism is driving them investigate Christ.

2. It is such a bad time that it is a good time. Since revival is sent to avert disaster it means that it will occur just before disaster.  The times that seem to make revival look impossible are very the times in which they appear.

Why do I think that disaster will be averted?  Lost in all of the dizzying changes to marriage, drugs, healthcare, is the fact that the majority of Americans still believe in Christ.  Even though there is widespread lukewarm faith, there is a living taproot.  Radical voices have hijacked the microphone but they do not represent reality.  America is way more spiritually flammable that experts know and the fire of heaven will spread fast.

Three things we need to do right now:

1.  Men become fathers!  Spiritual fathers will usher in the next revival.  Hitler sensed a vacuum in the youth of Germany devastated by the First World War.  He knew that a father figure could own the heart of the youth.  If you open your heart you will also open your schedule and your home to an orphaned generation.

2. Make your prayer for revival sincere and knowledgeable.   Much of our prayer is bouncing off the walls because it is not coming from a heart that is convinced or aware of what they are asking for. When true prayer appears it is not only effective it is contagious.

8.  We must build barns.  Proverbs 10:5 “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.”

John 4:35 “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

No longer can church be a monument to a bygone era or a marketing center for mass superficiality.  Our buildings must be retooled, they must become youth oriented upper rooms where God turns the wreckage of young lives into trophies of His power and Grace!

These verses serve as a loving warning.  Churches must start now to make room for interruptions. Youth will arrive.  We will be ordered to go out and get them.  Don’t say it is not possible or that youth are not ready.  The stage is set, the fuse is lit I pray you are ready!

Hobby Lobby Wins Yet Another Victory Against Obama

Court: Gov’t Must Halt Enforcement of Sterilization-Contraception-Abortifacient Mandate Against Hobby Lobby

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(CNSNews.com) – Following on yesterday’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Hobby Lobby can continue its lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate on religious grounds, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled today that the federal government must halt all enforcement of the mandate (and related financial penalties) against the Christian-based company.

Hobby Lobby and sister company Mardel are suing the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, arguing that to force the company to pay for health insurance that must offer abortion-inducing drugs, as well as sterilization and contraception, is a violation of its religious liberty.

In his order issued on Friday, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said the “court concludes plaintiffs [Hobby Lobby] have made a sufficient showing to warrant the issuance of a temporary restraining order in the circumstances existing here.”

“Accordingly, the defendants [Sebelius and HHS], their agents, officers, and employees are temporarily ENJOINED and RESTRAINED from any effort to apply or enforce, as to plaintiffs, the substantive requirements imposed” by the mandate,” said the judge’s order.

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In a press release, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby, said, “Today, for the first time, a federal court has ordered the government not to enforce the HHS abortion-drug mandate against Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The ruling comes just one day after a dramatic 168-page opinion from the en banc 10th Circuit recognizing that business owners have religious liberty rights.   This was the first definitive federal appellate ruling against the HHS mandate.”

“Hobby Lobby and the Green family faced the terrible choice of violating their faith or paying massive fines starting this Monday morning,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel with the Becket Fund.  “We are delighted that both the 10th Circuit and the district court have spared them from this unjust burden on their religious freedom.”

“In its landmark opinion yesterday, the 10th Circuit majority found that ‘no one’ – not even the government – ‘disputes the sincerity of Hobby Lobby’s religious beliefs,’” reads the press release.   “The court ruled that denying them the protection of federal law just because they are a profit-making business ‘would conflict with the Supreme Court’s free exercise precedent.’”

Further proceedings in the case are scheduled for July 19, 2013, in Oklahoma City.

Bert and Ernie cuddle over DOMA ruling.

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In the hotly contested debate over whether “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie are homosexual, the iconic puppets have apparently come out of the closet on the latest cover of the New Yorker magazine.

The famous characters are depicted snuggling up together in front of a TV while looking at an image of the Supreme Court justices in their black robes.

“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind the cover. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.” Hunter calls the image, “Moment of Joy.”

There have long been rumors about the nature of Bert and Ernie’s relationship.

When same-sex marriage was legalized in the state of New York in July 2011, an online petition urged the fictional characters, who serve as a teaching tool for young children, to tie the knot.

Sesame Street responded to the petition by releasing a statement describing Bert and Ernie as “best friends.”

“They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves,” the 2011 statement said. “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

Hell in the Hallway: Handling the Torture of Transition.

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Hell in the Hallway:  Handling the Torture of Transition.  By Mario Murillo

A wise man once said, “When God closes one door He opens another, but it can be hell in the hallway.”  That private hell is a reality to millions of God’s people around the world.  Transition is everywhere and it seems to be coming faster and fiercer than ever.

Transition is God’s way of telling you that promotion is coming.  However, you and I are interested in the promotion but God is concerned with making us like Christ. 

Since He makes the rules let us surrender to the work He wants to do in us in the hallway.

Hebrews 12: 11 “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.”

If you are going through the torture of transition right now there are some rules that you must obey to lessen the pain and shorten your time in the hallway.  I did not make up these rules.  They are not my opinion, they are they universal experience of God’s heroes throughout the ages.

Here are the official rules for handling your hell in the hallway:

1. Leave clean:  Acts 13: 2 “while they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”

Satan hijacks divine transitions.  Be it a job, friendship, or a church it is urgent that you leave clean.  By that, I mean your departure should be as peaceful and blessed as possible.  Change location but avoid cutting off relationships lest you damage the Kingdom of God.

What should have been a launching out to greater works instead becomes a sordid affair of accusation and division.  Mishandling transition has destroyed vital relationships.  If you look around, you will see that the real barriers to revival are not the evil in the world but offended Christian leaders who cannot work together.

Leave clean or you will take the class over again.   James 1:4 “but let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Recently, longtime friends who were like family suddenly offered bizarre excuses and then cut off communication.  We love them!   We diligently searched our hearts and we found not a clue of what offended them.   Then it occurred to us that this was a pattern in their life.  Sadly, this will lengthen their time in the hallway and force them to retake this class.

2.  Don’t stare too long at the door that is closing or you will miss the one that God is opening.

Often we think that we should only have a bad reason to make a transition.  God can call for change when things are great and you love the people you are with.  These are the doors that we don’t want to close.  However there is a grave danger of being the last one to leave the party.

1 Samuel 20: 2: “Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!”3 But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.”

David and Jonathan were best friends but God was calling for change.  Jonathan wanted everyone to be one big happy family in the palace.  Had David given in to his friend he would have been murdered.

God wants to open that new door sooner than you think.  He just wants you to let the hallway do its work.    Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”

Quit pushing for promotion and start pulling on God.

Hobby Lobby Wins!

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Big Hobby Lobby Victory on HHS Mandate in Tenth Circuit—Part 1

By  Ed Whelan
June 27, 2013 4:12 PM

By a vote of 5 to 3, the en banc Tenth Circuit today reversed the district judge’s ruling (which I criticized here) that denied Hobby Lobby’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the HHS mandate that would require it to provide its employees insurance coverage for abortifacients.

The five judges in the majority agree that Hobby Lobby (and Mardel, owned by the same family) had demonstrated a likelihood of success on their claim under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and had satisfied the irreparable-harm prong of the preliminary-injunction standard. Four of the five judges would resolve the remaining two factors (balance of equities and public interest) in Hobby Lobby’s favor, while the fifth would remand the case to the district court for evaluation of those two factors. Because that fifth vote is controlling, the Tenth Circuit is remanding the case to the district court.

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The ruling represents a major victory for the straightforward proposition that for-profit corporations have rights under RFRA. (My law-review essay on the general proposition that the HHS mandate violates RFRA is here.)

For those keeping score at home: The majority opinion is authored by Bush 43 appointee Timothy Tymkovich and is joined by three other Republican appointees and an Obama appointee, Robert Bacharach (who is the fifth judge referred to above).

The opinions are over 160 pages. I’ll do a supplemental post when I’ve reviewed them.

The Affirmative Action President By Matt Patterson

Tuesday June 25th was a hectic day for us that included flight delays, a surge of activity and multiple deadlines.  That is still no excuse for our failure to double check our information.   We reported that the Washington Post had run an article that in fact was instead written by an author whose articles have appeared the Washington Post.

The information came from the proverbial “reliable source.”  We always double check our facts even when we trust the source.  In this case we failed to do that and for that we apologize.

However, the article itself is devastating even without the Post’s endorsement.  While I would not go so far as the author’s tone, I have to admit that he presents the most accurate explanation for the harm Obama has done to America and the Church of Jesus.

Therefore, we are rerunning the piece on the sole merits of its contents.

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The Affirmative Action President By Matt Patterson

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the MiddleAges.

How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure,no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass -held to a lower standard – because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included -ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense.  It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.

 

The Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act: Opening the door for gay marriage in all 50 states.

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Is this a set back or a set up?  To be sure it would be nice if the courts that enforce civil law would also uphold moral law.  However, that is neither possible nor is it desirable.  Romans chapter 8: 7 says “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”

Those who think that we can legislate morality forget this truth.  A heart must be converted to be moral.  That is not say that there aren’t many decent people who not yet met Christ it is just that righteous acts that please God require the born again experience.

The Pharisees and Sanhedrin at the time of Christ are timeless models of why we do not want a theocracy.  Ministers and the church should not run America!  We do not need to rule America, we need to do something much higher; we must influence, comfort, and inspire through love and conviction.

On the other hand we do need to pray Godly leaders into office and do all we can to place believers in strategic places of leadership. We must vote our conscience!

In no way do I want to trivialize the damage of this assault on marriage. There is no doubt that it will unleash further persecution against Christians, but it is not nearly the end of the world.  Only as a matter of perspective, remember that Roe versus Wade brought us the holocaust of abortion and who can calculate the disaster of banning prayer.  The Charismatic movement and the Jesus Movement both happened after these twin disasters were legalized.

Today’s ruling does nothing to diminish the mighty role that the Body of Christ plays in our nation. It is not a setback, it is a set up! This, I suspect will be the fuse to ignite the prayer and unity that we have so desperately needed.

Yes, a tidal wave of immorality will ensue but heaven is not passive.  God knew this was coming and He will do something that no power of evil can guess or stop.

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Rep. Darrell Issa issues Benghazi subpoenas to State Department.

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Rep. Darrell Issa issues Benghazi subpoenas to State Department.

By Shaun Waterman

The Washington Times

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The House Republican chairman investigating last year’s terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, has subpoenaed four State Department officials, saying the department was stalling on efforts to interview them.

In a statement Monday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa of California said the four led offices where the State Department’s report into the attack, called anAccountability Review Board, had found that deficiencies contributed to a lack of security.

The board found that State Department leaders in Washington allowed the temporary facility in Benghazi to be occupied even though it did not meet security standards and then ignored pleas for additional security from diplomats on the ground.

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The Board’s report identified four mid-level officials as failing to show leadership in the run up to the attacks.

Republicans have claimed that the report let senior officials, including then-Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton, off the hook.

In a letter about the subpoenas to Secretary of State John F. Kerryreleased Monday, Mr. Issa detailed his efforts since April 29 to arrange interviews with the four officials and others, stating his investigators “have only been able to interview one of the 13 individuals with whom they requested interviews and the meeting was arranged without theState Department’s help.”

“These persistent delays create the appearance that the Department is dragging its feet to slow down the Committee’s investigation,” Mr. Issa wrote. “It does not require weeks of preparation to answer questions truthfully.”

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He called the delay “irresponsible.”

Mr. Issa stated that the committee wants to hold a public hearing to examine the findings of the Accountability Review Board “as soon as possible.”

After issuing subpoenas last month, investigators arranged voluntary interviews with the co-chairs of the board — retired career diplomat Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, retired Adm. Michael Mullen.

Writing about Monday’s subpoenas, Mr. Issa said they were not the fault of the witnesses he was serving.

“By its very nature,” Mr. Issa wrote, “a subpoena can carry the implication that the witness is being uncooperative. In this case, that is an unfortunate and misleading consequence since it is the department, and not the individuals themselves, that appears to be dictating the timetable.”

The four officials, according to Mr. Issa, are Eric Boswell, who was assistant secretary at the Bureau of Diplomatic Security; Scott Bultrowicz, former principal deputy assistant secretary in that bureau and director of the Diplomatic Security Service; Elizabeth Dibble, former principal deputy assistant secretary, at the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; and her boss, Elizabeth Jones, the bureau’s acting assistant secretary.

The State Department had no immedtiate comment.

Mario’s note:  Benghazi is back in the news!  It needs to be.   From top to bottom, it is a scandal that far outdistances the others that are connected to the White House.  Benghazi speaks to the arrogance, incompetence and indifference that endanger our freedom and the future of our nation.  Every believer, regardless of race has a vested interest in Benghazi.

If you are praying for the American Constitution to be reinforced, if you want the machinery of socialism to be stopped then the Benghazi investigation is very strategic.  Getting to the truth of what happened and why is the key to undoing the great deception.