Newly declassified documents, obtained by George Washington University´s National Security Archive, appear to for the first time acknowledge the existence of Area 51. Hundreds of pages describe the genesis of the Nevada site that was home to the government´s spy plane program for decades. The documents do not, however, mention aliens. The project started humbly. In the pre-drone era about a decade after the end of World War II, President Eisenhower signed off on a project aimed at building a high-altitude, long-range, manned aircraft that could photograph remote targets. Working together, the Air Force and Lockheed developed a craft that could
The road to hell, it is said, is paved with good intentions. Apparently, so is the information superhighway. Take note of the Obama administration’s latest “for the children” initiative: expanding high-speed Internet for schools across the country. It’s one of those liberal initiatives designed to sound so nice and worthy that only an ogre (or Tea Partier) could oppose it. As with most nice-sounding liberal ideas, the problem is paying for it. Team Obama recognizes there’s little appetite in Congress for another program. So it’s not even going to try for legislation. Instead the plan is to stick AT&T with the bill.
Few people understand the ground better than Larry Fulmer, a soft-spoken man with flowing white hair pulled back into a ponytail. Fulmer, the hydrofracturing superintendent for Cabot Oil & Gas in Pennsylvania, knows just how much pressurized water and sand will liberate the natural gas trapped in the shale rock a mile beneath our feet. Here, in a small square field carved out of hill country in Dimock, Pennsylvania, his crew is mixing water and sand day and night.(snip) Over the last half-decade, workers like Fulmer have tapped immense quantities of previously unreachable energy from pockets deep underground.
Jimmy Carter infamously declared that America suffered from an “inordinate fear of Communism,” but at least, as far as I can recall, he didn’t actively promote or side with Communist movements. Today Communism has collapsed, and America’s number one enemy is the Muslim Brotherhood, progenitor of al Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist groups. Barack Obama not only tolerates the Brotherhood–”Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations”–but, for reasons that remain unfathomable, he has generally supported it. Egypt
While the American media captures every move Justin Bieber makes, and news items one week old are treated as ancient history, Elvis Presley—who died 36 years ago today—remains nearly as popular as ever. Why? Well, it´s not just because our popular culture idolizes its heroes to near-messianiac heights. That´s a given. No, at the heart of the Presley phenomenon is something much simpler and peculiarly American: dreaming big dreams and making those dreams come true.In the final scene of the last non-documentary movie of his career, 1969’s Change of Habit, Presley is shown strumming away at a guitar in church while
Liz Cheney on Wednesday asked Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi to reimburse the U.S. Treasury if he accepts federal subsidies as part of his congressional health care plan offered through an exchange, as set up under recent health care reforms sometimes called Obamacare. In a Wednesday interview, Enzi answers Cheney’s request by saying he’s been trying to defund and dismantle Obamacare since 2009 and will continue to do so. It was the second consecutive day Cheney used Obamacare as campaign fodder against her opponent and fellow Republican in the 2014 Senate race. Cheney spurred her series of attacks Tuesday after the
NARAL, the big abortion lobbying and pestering propaganda group, wanted a donation for a silent auction. Austin, TX, coffee shop Summermoon declined to donate. Note: They declined to donate to an allegedly pro-choice group. Which, last time I checked, is their choice to make. Since the donation would come from their property, and all. For exercising their choice, NARAL and the thugs at Burnt Orange Report — Texas’ leftwing moonbat blog — are naming and shaming them as — get this – Anti-choice. For making a choice that the pro-abortionists disagree with, they’re “anti-choice.” One could be forgiven for wondering whether choice is really, at
Is this more damaging to Snowden or to Dell and the NSA, which had 11 more months than thought to sniff out what he was doing and pinch him before he started working at Booz Allen Hamilton to harvest even juicier stuff? Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden began downloading documents describing the U.S. government’s electronic spying programs while he was working for Dell Inc in April 2012, almost a year earlier than previously reported, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the matter… Snowden downloaded information while employed by Dell about eavesdropping programs run by the NSA and Britain’s Government
A dreamy Hawaiian vacation day turned nightmarish for a 20-year-old German woman when she had to be revived on the scene after losing her arm in a shark attack at Palauea beach in Maui, according to the Maui Police Department. Local authorities were notified of the attack Wednesday afternoon after a kayaker and two of the woman’s friends heard a loud scream in the water where the tourist was snorkeling. “I heard a scream like I’d never heard before,” witness Andree Conley-Kapoi told ABCNews.com. “I told everyone around me that a scream like that could only mean a shark attack.” Conley-Kapoi said a
The former CIA contractor, who is currently in Russia with temporary asylum, handed over an internal audit and other top-secret documents detailing the illegal behaviour. Most of the infractions involved unauthorised surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order, The Washington Post said. They ranged from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of US emails and telephone calls, it said. The Post said the documents it obtained were part of a trove of materials provided to the paper by Mr Snowden
WASHINGTON -- Security crises in Egypt, Syria and other countries are overshadowing rising death tolls and new fears of civil war in Iraq, once the top U.S. priority in the Mideast. However, the prospect that sectarian violence could fuel instability beyond Iraq´s borders remains a concern for the Obama administration. Officials and experts say the White House´s attention is focused elsewhere - even as more than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the deadliest month since 2008. At Thursday´s meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iraqi counterpart, Hoshyar Zebari, one of the main topics was flights
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. emails and telephone calls, the Post said, citing an internal audit and other top-secret documents provided it earlier this summer from NSA
The Washington Post’s Web site was disrupted Thursday morning by a hacker group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that apparently launched a coordinated wave of attacks on American news outlets. A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army briefly succeeded in redirecting readers of some articles on washingtonpost.com to the SEA’s own site. The organization supports Assad, who has led a long, bloody campaign to crush a rebellion in Syria. (Snip) In a tweet sent Thursday morning, the SEA claimed that it hacked the Web sites of The Post, CNN and Time magazine
Supporters of same-sex marriage argued before a state judge in New Jersey on Thursday that the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing such unions required the state to allow them. (Snip) Advocates have tried to push for same-sex marriage in the state ever since, but found a dedicated opponent in New Jersey´s Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a potential presidential candidate in 2016. He vetoed a same-sex marriage bill last year, leaving New Jersey as one of two states in the Northeast to ban gay marriage. (Pennsylvania is the second.) The Supreme Court's June decision in
Beirut: A car bomb killed at least 21 people and wounded 250 in the southern suburb of Beirut Thursday, Lebanese officials said, and security sources said investigators are looking into accounts the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. The evening attack, which the Lebanese Army confirmed was a car bomb, occurred in the neighborhood of Ruwaiss, a Hezbollah stronghold, (Snip) Lebanon has seen a spike of security incidents linked to the crisis in neighboring Syria, particularly after Hezbollah said in May it was fighting with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad against rebels
Workers are fleeing New Zealand´s capital, Wellington, after a severe earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.2 rocked the nation. New Zealanders huddled under desks as strong tremors struck Wellington and the South Island at around 2:31pm local time. Lengthy traffic queues formed outside the city, police have rescued several people trapped and lifts and mobile phone networks were down. A house almost totally collapsed in Marlborough, on the South Island, The New Zealand Herald reports. The New Zealand Stock Exchange has ceased trading and rail and bus services in the capital
CAIRO — Weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncovered the faces of the bloodied, unclaimed dead in a Cairo mosque near the smoldering epicenter of support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as the death toll soared past 600 Thursday from Egypt´s deadliest day since the Arab Spring began. World condemnation widened for the bloody crackdown on Morsi´s mostly Islamist supporters, including an angry response from President Barack Obama, who canceled joint U.S.-Egyptian military maneuvers. Violence spread Thursday, with government buildings set afire near the pyramids,
A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty,” a reality show about a Louisiana family that made a fortune carving duck calls, opened its fourth season Wednesday reaching the No. 1 spot for a nonfiction series telecast in cable history, the station reported Thursday. According to the Blaze, Wednesday night’s show reached 11.8 million viewers total and also “set a cable record for a nonfiction series telecast among adults 25-54 with 6.3 million viewers in the demo.” The Blaze notes that particular demographic is considered the most important one.
The unrest in Egypt is testing President Obama’s summer vacation, forcing him to have to combine the seriousness of U.S. foreign policy with his desire to carve out time for rounds of golf. On Thursday, Mr. Obama delivered a six-minute statement to reporters about the violence that has left hundreds dead in Cairo this week, then immediately headed off for another round of golf in Martha’s Vineyard, his usual summer vacation spot where he and his family are spending the week. A day earlier, Mr. Obama also played golf while leaving it to his spokesman and to State Department Secretary
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh began his Thursday afternoon program by addressing the possibility that he and such other well-known conservatives as Sean Hannity and Mark Levin might moderate debates of Republican primary candidates during the 2016 election cycle as a departure from the previously biased questioning at such events by obviously liberal journalists. “I don’t see how I can do it,” he stated. “I’m too famous,” and he added that his presence would “overshadow” the event, though Limbaugh admitted that deciding whether to take part in a radio debate “would be a real, real, real tough call” since
SEDALIA, Mo. — As some people at the Missouri State Fair see it, the rodeo incident last weekend in which a ringleader taunted a clown wearing a mask of President Obama and played with his lips as a bull charged after him was neither racist nor disrespectful. It was a joke, they said, overblown by a news media that’s hypersensitive to any possible slight against the nation’s first black president. They said the hooting and hollering from the crowd that night was because of a fundamental dislike of the president. “I’ve got no respect for him,” said Virgil Henke, 65,
CAIRO — Egypt’s military-backed government authorized security forces Thursday to fire live ammunition against opponents, underlining its determination to crush any lingering challenge posed by supporters of the country’s ousted president following a bloody crackdown on their camps. A day after Egyptian soldiers and police killed hundreds of people in an assault on two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps set up to call for the reinstatement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, the government pledged to use “all power” to confront the organization, creating the potential for further bloodshed.
The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government’s vast spying programs said that its ability do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans. The chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said the court lacks the tools to independently verify how often the government’s surveillance breaks the court’s rules that aim to protect Americans’ privacy. Without taking drastic steps, it also cannot check the veracity of the government’s assertions that the violations its staff members report are unintentional mistakes.
"Lee Daniels´ The Butler" was inspired, a title card says, by a true story. That usually means the line between fact and fiction has been blurred, but this time there´s no line to blur. The butler, Cecil Gaines, is a fictional creation, an African-American Forrest Gump who bears special witness to the civil-rights movement while serving on the White House staff under seven presidents. The contrivance is stretched to its breaking point over a running time of 132 minutes; some of the episodes cross a different line from almost plausible to downright silly. That´s not the whole story, though.
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.
There was hope a few months ago that mounting chaos in the Middle East, and a revamping of President Obama’s national security team, would prompt the president to snap out of what looked like a deepening torpor in foreign policy. Instead, this president’s extraordinary passivity in the face of crisis may have achieved its apotheosis this week. On Wednesday, as Egyptian security forces gunned down hundreds of civilians in the streets of Cairo, an unperturbed Obama shot another round of golf at Martha’s Vineyard. His deputy press secretary was left to explain to reporters that the administration remained firmly committed