Wisconsin tribes sue to stop wolf hunt, claim it violates treaties

The latest lawsuit over Wisconsin’s wolf hunt is coming from the state’s Native American tribes.

Six communities in the Ojibwe tribe filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday to try and stop the hunt, which is scheduled for November.

The tribes say the hunt violates treaties with the government going back to the 1800s.

“The Ojibwe first entered into a treaty with the United States in 1825,” the suit explains. “Governor of the Wisconsin Territory Henry Dodge convened further treaty negotiations with members of the Ojibwe Tribes in July 1837. Dodge sought to obtain tribal land cessions encompassing, among other areas, a broad swath of land that today constitutes western Wisconsin north of the Wisconsin River.”

The lawsuit claims those treaties guaranteed the tribes half of the state’s wolf quota.

“Under the 1837 and 1842 Treaties, all harvestable resources within the Tribes’ ceded territory are, with limited exceptions, to be apportioned equally between the Ojibwe bands and non-Indians,” according to the lawsuit.

Tribal leaders say they want to protect the wolves, which they consider sacred, from hunters.

The Lac du Flambeau band of the Ojibwe, along with the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Sokaogon Chippewa Community, and St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin all joined in the suit.

Wisconsin’s wolf hunt has been the topic of several lawsuits over the years. Lawmakers passed a 2012 law that required the state to have a wolf hunting season. When the wolf was put on the endangered species list in 2014, the hunt stopped. But the law required another hunt if the gray wolf was ever taken off the endangered species list, which happened in January of this year.

Since then, several lawsuits have been filed by hunters, conservationists, and others working to stop the hunt. Wisconsin’s current wolf hunting season is set to begin in November. The quota this year is 300 wolves.



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Barry Morphew charged with killing wife Suzanne sought to ‘hunt and control’

A Colorado man charged with killing his missing wife sought to “hunt and control” her after she said was leaving him, investigators alleged in court documents.

Barry Lee Morphew, 53, was charged in May with first-degree murder and other counts in the presumed death of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, who was reported missing after she didn’t return to their Salida home following a Mother’s Day bike ride on May 10, 2020.

An arrest affidavit released Monday by a judge who ruled last week that there’s enough evidence for Morphew to stand trial says investigators found that Suzanne took “clear, articulable steps” to separate from and divorce Barry starting in January 2020.

“She told her family and close friends about her intentions, secretly recorded her notes of abuse in her phone because Barry monitored it, confronted Barry in arguments that she secretly recorded with help from a friend and, finally, sent him a text four days before she disappeared saying that she was ‘done, let’s handle this civilly,’” investigators wrote in the 129-page affidavit.

Barry Morphew was arrested in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Suzanne Morphew.
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Barry Morphew has insisted to investigators that the couple’s marriage was “perfect,” saying she had no intention of leaving him. But the avid hunter’s statements about his actions before and after Suzanne’s disappearance have been “proven to be false and misleading,” investigators wrote.

By May 9, 2020, one day before Suzanne vanished, investigators allege it “had become clear” that Barry couldn’t stop her from leaving him.

“And he resorted to something he has done his entire life — hunt and control Suzanne like he had hunted and controlled animals,” the document reads.

Barry Morphew, center, appears in court in Salida, Colo.
Barry Morphew has insisted to investigators that the couple’s marriage was “perfect.”
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Barry Morphew also refused to take a polygraph in the days after Suzanne was reported missing by a neighbor. The woman’s bicycle and helmet were recovered near their home, “discarded before Barry left town” in the early morning hours of May 10, 2020, according to the affidavit.

“The investigation to date indicates that these items were not indicative of an accident, an animal attack, Suzanne being a runaway, Suzanne committing suicide or Suzanne being the victim of a stranger abduction,” investigators wrote.

Authorities said they don’t believe Suzanne Morphew, whose body has not been found, is still alive. Her husband was arrested some 360 days after her disappearance, KKTV reported.

Barry Morphew, who has pleaded not guilty, was released from jail Monday after posting $500,000 cash-only bond. He left the Chaffee County lockup alongside his and Suzanne’s two daughters, the station reported.

A judge ordered Morphew to wear an ankle monitor and primarily remain in Chaffee County. His trial is expected to begin in May 2022.

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Suzanne Morphew was reported missing following a Mother’s Day bike ride on May 10, 2020.
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Kasie Hunt speaks honestly about California Democrats

Kasie Hunt, newly hired by CNN, posted a Twitter thread of 5 tweets on Tuesday night as networks covered the California recall vote. She dared to speak honestly about California Democrats, Governor Newsom, and Democrats in general. She was immediately ratioed, especially by her colleagues in the media. Kasie quickly was told to get back on the same page as all the others – only pro-Democrat opinions are allowed, especially on an election night.

The fact that one of their own was boldly going where they did not dare must have been a punch in the gut for the Democrat hacks who call themselves news anchors or reporters. Their bias is obvious to those of us who do not hold the same political opinions yet the ruse is that they are delivering news, not opinions. Wink, wink. Liberals arrogantly believe that everyone thinks as they do and it’s a shock when they discover someone willing to voice a difference of opinion, especially a news anchor on any cable television network other than FNC. Kasie starts out with her political analyst hat on. The Twitter thread progresses with her analysis.

For most people reading her tweets, it seems like what she is saying would resonate as truthful. It likely struck a nerve with liberals because they, too, harbor such thoughts though they won’t say so publicly. Ed wrote earlier about the Newsom victory and advised that the California Democrats not get too cocky. As Kasie points out, Newsom was caught not just once but many times during the pandemic doing things he mandated that other Californians not do. He is a wealthy elitist and continued to live as such despite the demands he placed on others during the pandemic. He and his friends and his family didn’t bother to pretend we are all in this together.

Gavin Newsom governs as many elected leaders do – taking only members of their political party into consideration. Biden does the same thing. They show no inclination to be elected officials for all of their constituents, just those who vote for them. Kasie pointed out that Democrats must prove they can govern everybody. And, most importantly, she noted that Trump received a clear increase in minority voters’ support. That’s an indication for future Republican candidates to not write off minority support, go out and fight for those votes. Trump found a way to connect with people from all walks of life without sounding as phony as most politicians sound. Joe Biden made a last-minute appeal to get out the vote on Monday – “scaring” his audience by saying a victory for Larry Elder was even worse than a Trump victory. President Unity strikes again.

Lastly, Kasie pointed out the basic incompetence of Joe Biden and his administration. Most Democrats are forced to admit that now after the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden border crisis, the lingering pandemic, and inflation rising. Biden’s approval ratings are tanking. She rightly pointed to the difficulty Biden is having in getting his domestic agenda approved. She was quickly put in her place. Kasie’s analysis is just wrong, you see, and she shouldn’t even have a job with CNN.

An MSNBC contributor and former Intelligence expert had a hot take. Kasie worked for MSNBC before jumping to CNN.

An author and activist told Kasie to just re-write her tweets, do better.

A sportswriter and USA Today editor had thoughts, none of which are good for Kasie.

And this one from a reliable leftist.

I’ll finish these examples with one from that noted political sage, singer John Legend.

I think that this conservative writer speaks for us all.

Applause all around for Kasie Hunt. It may have been a momentary lapse on her part but when truth seeps into the conversation, it is very refreshing coming from someone in the media, especially CNN. It’s like Democrats need to hear that line from actor Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men”: “You can’t handle the truth!”





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Tennis-Svitolina stays in U.S. Open hunt by beating Halep in fourth round

Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Elina Svitolina the Ukraine after beating Simona Halep (not pictured) of Romania on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

September 5, 2021

By Amy Tennery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Olympic bronze medallist Elina Svitolina stepped up her bid to secure a first major title when she produced a ruthless performance to dispatch Simona Halep 6-3 6-3 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

Following the shock exits of pre-tournament favourites Ash Barty and Naomi Osaka, fifth seed Svitolina will be among those whose chances of triumphing at Flushing Meadows have been boosted and she made sure she stayed in the hunt by getting rid of another multiple Grand Slam champion.

The 12th-seeded Halep, who triumphed at the French Open in 2018 and at Wimbledon a year later, won an epic 33-shot rally in the second game but a dozen unforced errors in the first set handed Svitolina the upper hand.

With the set tied 3-3, the Ukrainian fended off two break points to hold serve, prompting the frustrated Romanian to fling her racquet to the ground.

“In the first set the key game was coming back from 15-40 at 3-All. It was really important to take one point at a time and fight to come back,” Svitolina said. “I think it was really strong performance from me on the important moments.”

Svitolina kept up the momentum in the second set, producing three aces and winning more than 80% of her first-serve points.

She survived a number of long rallies to break the two-time Grand Slam winner’s serve in the seventh game on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The Tokyo bronze medallist said she was thrilled to topple “big fighter” Halep as she hopes to reach her first Grand Slam final at Flushing Meadows.

“We really missed you guys,” Svitolina told the fans. “It’s an unbelievable atmosphere each time… I have goosebumps right now.”

The 2019 semi-finalist has yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows this year, and is on an eight-match winning streak after triumphing in Chicago last month.

“I’m playing really aggressive right now. I think the most aggressive I’ve ever been, making lots of winners, serving really good,” she said. “I want to keep this going, feeling that I’m in a good mind.”

Halep, who missed the French Open, Wimbledon, the Olympics after tearing a calf muscle in May, said she felt positive about her performance after getting little playing time in the run up to the year’s final major.

“No pain, no injury. So this is the most important thing,” said Halep, adding that she would speak with her doctors before deciding whether to compete at Indian Wells next month.

“I need a little bit of rest and to reflect a little bit what I have to do better next time against her because always it’s been a tough match with her.”

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, editing by Pritha Sarkar)





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Tennis-Medvedev resumes hunt for maiden major against ‘tricky’ Evans

FILE PHOTO: Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia chases down a ball during the third round match against Pablo Andujar of Spain on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

September 4, 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Second seed Daniil Medvedev resumes his bid for his first Grand Slam title against Britain’s Dan Evans at the U.S. Open on Sunday, while Aryna Sabalenka faces her good friend and doubles partner Elise Mertens in the fourth round.

Russia’s Medvedev, a losing finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2019, is yet to drop a set in New York so far and faces world number 27 Evans in the second match of the day on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the first career meeting between the two.

“I think it’s tough to describe (Evans) with one word, but (he’s) definitely very tricky,” Medvedev said. “I would think (he’s) very smart because he doesn’t have one shot that’s a weapon and yet he’s been a top player for many years already.”

Medvedev has barely broken a sweat in the opening rounds, racing into the last 16 with three consecutive straight sets wins, while Evans has had to battle hard, playing two four-setters and a gruelling five-setter against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin in his last match.

“I think my game is in a good place,” Evans said, adding that he was trying to keep a positive mindset.

“(Medvedev’s) been playing some unbelievable tennis this year, but if I go on the court and think I’ve got no chance and there’s no pressure on me… you’re not ready for that.

“You’ve got to go in believing you can win.”

Sabalenka, the women’s second seed, is aiming to reach her first singles quarter-final in New York, but must first get past her good friend Mertens at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The Belarusian won the 2019 doubles title at Flushing Meadows with Mertens and the pair also won the doubles crown at this year’s Australian Open before Sabalenka decided to focus more on her singles career.

French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova takes on twice Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza in the evening session on Arthur Ashe, while Germany’s Angelique Kerber faces Naomi Osaka’s third-round conqueror Leylah Fernandez on Louis Armstrong.

Romania’s Simona Halep kicks things off on Arthur Ashe, taking on fifth seed Elina Svitolina, while Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz will look to extend his dream debut at Flushing Meadows into the quarter-finals when he faces qualifier Peter Gojowczyk of Germany.

(Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)





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Documentary on CIA’s Hunt for Bin Laden Doesn’t Truly Pull Back the Curtain – Reason.com

CIA vs. Bin Laden: First In. Reelz. Sunday, September 5, 8 p.m.

As the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attack approaches, there are at least a dozen TV specials available to watch, of varying merits. Here’s one reason you might want to take a look at—CIA vs. Bin Laden: First In, the Reelz cable channel’s documentary offering. Mike Morell, a former senior CIA official, is recounting how the agency was zeroing in on a compound in Pakistan where it suspected that Osama bin Laden was hiding out.

The CIA was intrigued by a tall figure its spy flights spotted walking briskly around the compound grounds, a man who the spooks called The Pacer—because they couldn’t figure out who he really was; his face was always carefully shielded from view. Bin Laden was known to be 6-foot-5; Morell wondered if the vast U.S. counterterrorism empire that had mushroomed in the wake of 9/11 might be able to get a fix on The Pacer’s exact height. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency was duly invited to examine the CIA’s tapes of The Pacer, and proudly reported back to Morell that its photo analysts had established that the mysterious man was “somewhere between five and seven feet tall.”

That wasn’t much help with bin Laden, but it certainly offers an interesting new perspective on the Cuban Missile Crisis, when John F. Kennedy and his national security cowboys nearly took us to into a shootout with the Soviet Union after that same National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (then operating under the name National Photographic Interpretation Center) identified a bunch of shadowy objects in reconnaissance photos of Cuba as Russian missile launch pads. (By the way, if you, too, can guess a guy’s height within a two-foot margin of error, they’re hiring.)

It’s the occasional odd anecdote like that one, coupled with a taut, dramatic construction, that make CIA vs. Bin Laden something more than a rehash of decades-old news. There’s the former head of the CIA operations directorate admitting—maybe a better word is bragging—that the Navy SEALs who broke into bin Laden’s compound (yes, the same one where The Pacer took his lonely walks) were bent on not capture but murder. “If we brought him to the United States, he would lawyer up,” says the CIA official. “Our interest was not in building a case so we could charge him with a crime. Our interest was to prevent another major attack on the United States.” Or the phone call the CIA intercepted from the house moments before the SEALs’ chopper arrived, the voice not identifiable, but the message as clear as death: “They’ve come from above.”

These details are related matter-of-factly in on-camera interviews with top officials of the West’s leading intelligence agencies, including the CIA, France’s DGSE and Great Britain’s MI-6. Even in a world where intelligence officials are increasingly disposed to give us a peek inside through memoirs and TV documentaries, it’s startling to watch a CIA boss confirm how an al-Qaeda triple agent faked his way into an agency compound with a suicide bomb that blew seven top American spies to bits.

Not that the spooks tell all. There is, for instance, not a word about how the CIA finally became convinced that they’d located bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout. For a decade, the common wisdom has been that the agency set up a fake door-to-door inoculation program to collect DNA from the occupants of the house, but Morell curtly dismisses any questions along those lines: “I can’t talk about that.”

Perhaps some tradecraft issue still makes it impossible for the CIA to discuss that. But other omissions seem to be more a product of the desire to cover agency asses. Though some of the officials interviewed in the show say, truthfully, that the CIA had been hunting bin Laden for years before 9/11, none of them mention that the members of that unit were regarded as paranoid whack jobs who emptied rooms instantly at headquarters in Langley when they made the rounds warning that nobody outside their group was taking al-Qaeda seriously. They were such pariahs that they took to calling themselves “the Manson Family.”

Not everybody interviewed in CIA vs. Bin Laden is a spy. Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick, author of three books on the war on terror, offers bits and pieces to keep the narrative on track, including the description of the raucous football-style rally outside the White House after the announcement of bin Laden’s death. At last, Warrick declares, “there had been a concluding chapter to this terrible event in American history.” As we saw in televised scenes from the Kabul airport last week, not quite.



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Taliban Fighter Begs Superior to Let Him ‘Hunt Down Everyone’ Who Worked with US

Since the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan nearly two weeks ago, the group has attempted to present itself as a just and civil organization. A new audio recording paints quite a different picture.

The recording was reportedly obtained by The Epoch Times, which said the unnamed speaker in the audio clip is believed to be a Taliban fighter asking his superior for permission to “hunt down everyone” who worked with the U.S.

“Thank God now the Americans have withdrawn from the airport and everything is in our own hands,” the speaker says, according to the Times’ translation of the clip.

“Mufti Sahib, what is your order regarding those who had worked with the foreign forces, and should we start searching from Kandahar and Badakhshan provinces and also search for those who specifically worked with Americans as a spy and done a lot of things?

“Just let me know what is your order regarding finding and gathering all of them and kill them, hang them, or expose them to the public or stone them to death — what should we do?”

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The Times said the message was sent on Tuesday to the family of a former Afghan interpreter for the U.S. Department of Defense. The interpreter is now a U.S. citizen, but the family was left behind in Afghanistan.

Defense Department intelligence experts said they “believe the recording is a psychological warfare operation meant to panic, and thus flush out, individuals who assisted the United States.”

In a previous report, The Epoch Times said the Taliban may have acquired data about Afghans using seized U.S. surveillance equipment. Afghan allies of the U.S. reportedly began scrubbing their social media profiles for fear the Taliban would target them.

Is Biden responsible for Afghan allies killed by the Taliban?

If that was not enough, the Biden administration decided to help the terrorists by sending them a list of both American citizens and Afghan allies during evacuation efforts.

While the expressed purpose of the list was to “expedite the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan,” one defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the move would have dire consequences.

“Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” he said. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.”

The speaker in the audio recording says the Taliban has a list of Afghans whom he wishes to hunt down and murder.

“We have their list — those who had worked with foreign forces … those who were relying on foreign forces to evacuate them to America,” he said.

“We received every single list of theirs, so what is your order? Should we gather them all and hang them? So when should we start the searches — today or tomorrow? Just give us the order, we have all of their lists.”

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Congressional Offices Reveal Horrifying Calls They’ve Received from Americans Trapped in Afghanistan

It is nearly impossible to know whether the mysterious speaker is referring to the list the Taliban received from the U.S. or some other one. Either way, a Taliban fighter discussing his desire to hunt down Afghan allies of the U.S. reinforces the dangerous consequences of the Biden administration’s incompetence.

Anyone who has been around Taliban insurgents knows how ruthless they are.

Former UFC star Tim Kennedy, who was in Afghanistan last week working with an NGO called Save Our Allies, told The Western Journal in a phone interview just how barbaric the Taliban truly is.

“They’re brutes, they’re gangsters. They burn people alive,” he said. “They hang them from trees. They throw gays off the rooftops. They throw acid on little girls trying to walk to school.

“They are a radical extremist organization that is violent. There’s not an element that I have seen personally in 20 years that is a characteristic that I can embrace as an American.”

Sadly, the Biden administration refused to acknowledge this fact. Instead, it not only attempted to negotiate with the Taliban, but also trusted it with a list of American citizens and allies.

Judging by this new audio, anyone on that list who remains in Afghanistan is in grave danger. If the Taliban follows through on this threat to murder more Afghans, there will once again be blood on President Joe Biden’s hands.



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Taliban using biometric scanners the US left behind to hunt down Afghans who worked with the US – HotAir

Yesterday we learned that the US was handing out lists of names of US citizens and Afghan allies to the Taliban, supposedly to help the group waive people through checkpoints. It turns out that may have been the least of our problems. The NY Post has a story today which confirms the Taliban are using handheld biometric scanners, an unknown number of which were left behind by the US. The scanners are connected to a massive database which allows the device to identify every Afghan who worked with the US in the past by iris scans and fingerprints.

Nawazuddin Haqqani, one of the brigade commanders over the Al Isha unit, bragged in an interview with Zenger News that his unit is using US-made hand-held scanners to tap into a massive US-built biometric database and positively identify any person who helped the NATO allies or worked with Indian intelligence. Afghans who try to deny or minimize their role will find themselves contradicted by the detailed computer records that the US left behind in its frenzied withdrawal…

US officials have not confirmed how many of the 7,000 hand-held scanners were left behind or whether the biometric database could be remotely deleted. The US State and Defense departments acknowledged receipt of questions from Zenger for this story on Tuesday. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Anton Semelroth said he would forward them to “the right folks” but did not provide answers by press time. State Department press officer Nicole Thompson said the questions were “being worked” inside the agency but also didn’t provide a response. White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The Intercept reported 10 days ago that the scanners, which look like cameras with extra fingerprint scanners on top, had fallen into Taliban hands but at the time it wasn’t known if the Taliban would be able to use them or the database of information associated with them.

The devices, known as HIIDE, for Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment, were seized last week during the Taliban’s offensive, according to a Joint Special Operations Command official and three former U.S. military personnel, all of whom worried that sensitive data they contain could be used by the Taliban. HIIDE devices contain identifying biometric data such as iris scans and fingerprints, as well as biographical information, and are used to access large centralized databases. It’s unclear how much of the U.S. military’s biometric database on the Afghan population has been compromised.

While billed by the U.S. military as a means of tracking terrorists and other insurgents, biometric data on Afghans who assisted the U.S. was also widely collected and used in identification cards, sources said.

“We processed thousands of locals a day, had to ID, sweep for suicide vests, weapons, intel gathering, etc.” a U.S. military contractor explained. “[HIIDE] was used as a biometric ID tool to help ID locals working for the coalition.”

Now it appears that not only does the Taliban have the devices, they have access to a database which may contain biometric information on a majority of the Afghan population. If so, it’s not just Afghans who worked with the US who are now in danger. The Post suggests that Pakistani intelligence (ISI) now have access to the database as well:

Asked about reports that Pakistani intelligence officers were supervising the Al Isha unit’s use of biometric data to interrogate former U.S. allies, Nawazuddin Haqqani didn’t deny the Pakistan connection.

“You are not that naive — you know the answer to that,” he said…

This suggests Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, has access to America’s biometric database. If Al Isha can identify Indian intelligence sources in Afghanistan, the Pakistanis will pursue them as well.

The HIIDE had some obvious benefits to US soldiers in a country where most people don’t have an ID but letting that database fall into the hands of the Taliban is pretty much a worst case scenario for any US allies who can’t get out of the country by the deadline. A former Afghan Army commander told the NY Post, “They’re going door to door and scanning everyone with biometric scanners, and they’ll knock on my doors anytime now.”

For all of those progressives looking for a clear explanation of how the Biden withdrawal could have been significantly better, here is your answer. We should have made sure to either take the HIIDE devices with us or destroy them and the database they rely on before leaving. Hopefully this mistake can still be rectified by taking out the database, before copies are made.



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Biden’s ‘We Will Hunt You Down’ Threat in Response to Deadly Kabul Attack Was Hollow Crap – RedState

Beseiged Joe Biden finally showed up to speak to the American people after more than six hours of crickets following the suicide bomber attack outside Kabul’s airport that left at least 13 American servicemen dead.

“Been a tough day,” the (ahem) commander in chief mumbled, as he began. Ya think?

As is usually the case with this hapless president, his comments were alternately incoherent, delusional, inappropriate, faux bravo, and outright lies. In this op-ed, I’m going to focus on Joe “Barney Fife” Biden’s false bravado — which we’ve seen several times in the aftermath of the deadly attack.

Biden rambled on about how “engaged” he has been been “all day and in constant contact with the military commanders here in Washington, the Pentagon, as well as in Afghanistan and Doha” — solely for the purpose of again trying to dissuade the majority of America and the world from the belief that he is an inept, out-of-touch, in-over-his-head, bumbling fool who has zero clue about the reality of his debacle.

Of. Course. He. Is.

“The situation on the ground is still evolving,” said the embattled president, being sure to add, “and I’m constantly being updated.” Oh, hell yeah the “situation on the ground is evolving,” Sherlock — just nowhere near the way you delusionally think it is.

At one point, as if on cue (it was, trust me) Biden summoned up his best “Barnie,” and pledged, in faux dramatic fashion (emphasis, mine):

“To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command.”

Uh, huh — sure you will.

Let’s see… how can I put this, tactfully… what a complete and utter crock of crap.

Joe Biden, while he will not be allowed to forget, is not going to hunt anybody down. He is not going to make anybody pay. And his ridiculously hollow “I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command” was equal parts hilarious, sad, pathetic, and obscene.

Earth to Joe:

Now, tell us how you “defended our interests and our people with every measure of your command” by ignoring the advice of multiple advisors, military experts —about which you continue to lie. The problem? You have been directly contradicted. Multiple times.

Yeah, and tell us again how you “defended out people with every measure of your command” by violating the sacred credo of America’s military, which you (ahem) “command”:  — “no man left behind.” By inexplicably removing U.S. servicemen out of Afghanistan first. And only then desperately scampering to remove “as many Americans as we can,” no less.

Near the end of the Thursday “performance,” Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy tattooed Biden — which made me wonder why the inept president called on him; after having announced at the beginning of his comments that he was “instructed” about who to allow to question him.

And “hang his head in shame” Biden should do. Here he is, verbatim:

“We will get as many Americans out of Afghanistan after our troops leave as we can.”

Can you explain that, Joe? Any of it? Can you explain your decision to abandon Bagram Air Base, effectively surrendering it to the Taliban? You have been skewered for doing so, by former military commanders and other military experts, yet you continue to insist that senior military commanders — to a man — supported that decision. Sorry, man — I’m not buying it. And neither is anybody else.

To borrow a line from Greg Kinnear’s character to Jack Nicholson’s character in the movie, “As Good as It Gets,” the best thing Joe Biden has going for him is his willingness to humiliate himself.

Here’s the Bottom Line

Joe Biden has a serious inferiority complex.

Biden is terrified of being wrong, which is why he never accepts responsibility for his mistakes, opting instead to automatically blame everyone and everything else. Even after saying “the buck stops here,” he immediately pivots to the equivalent of “but Trump made me do it, and it’s Afghanistan’s fault.”

Yet, after nearly 50 years on Capitol Hill, during which time he accomplished virtually zero on his own, “Joey from Scranton” has finally achieved his lifelong goal — improbably so — for reasons that have zero to do with him.

Biden’s little secret non-secret? The Barack Obama wannabe is full of crap.

From his hollow threats, to the silly way he adopts the same “faux bravado” voice when he spews bald-faced lies — obviously believing his suddenly “authoritative” voice somehow provides substance and believability to his lies — it hilariously has the opposite effect — Joseph Robinette Biden is a hollow suit. A now delusional hollow suit, to boot.

After all, the guy who pledged to “heal America,” committed his presidency to “a time to heal,” blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, et cetera, et cetera, also pledged, of his foreign policy, earlier this year:

“America is back, diplomacy is back. [We will] reclaim our credibility and moral authority.

[…]

“When we strengthen our alliances we amplify our power as well as our ability to disrupt threats before they reach our shores.

“America cannot afford to be absent any longer on the world stage.”

But, now? My God, man.

Joe Biden’s pledges, commitments, and threats are nothing but hollow crap. They always have been; they always will be.

And ominously delusional? Corn Pop’s pal continues to think America believes that crap.

The band plays on, America. Joe Biden’s band, that is. And he’s its bumbling inept conductor.

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Joe Biden to Kabul terrorists: We will hunt you down

President Biden said Thursday the U.S. will “not forgive” the terrorists who killed a dozen U.S. troops and scores of Afghan civilians in twin blasts in Kabul and deepened the worst foreign crisis of his presidency.

“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Mr. Biden said from the White House East Room.

Mr. Biden assigned blame for the attack on the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate, ISIS-K, and said the U.S. would respond at “a time of our choosing” while completing a chaotic effort to evacuate Americans stranded in the capital that fell swiftly to the Taliban.

He said he is willing to commit more troops to the effort but signaled he wants to stick to the evacuation effort that’s been criticized from both sides of the U.S. political aisle.

The president would not accept blame for the fatal attack outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport and defended his timeline, saying any American who wants to get out of Afghanistan will be evacuated even after troops withdraw at the end of the month.

“We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation,” he said.

Mr. Biden said he stands by his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, saying he didn’t think staying longer and risking casualties would have served America’s interests in the country while terror threats rise elsewhere.

Mr. Biden also characterized the evacuations as complicated, saying there are Afghans who would probably like to leave the country but don’t qualify as persons who helped the U.S. effort, while some Americans might have reasons to stay — such as family ties — or the need for more time.

Eleven Marines and one Navy medic were killed in Thursday’s blasts. Pentagon officials said another 15 American service members were wounded.

The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers who targeted both the Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport and the city’s Baron Hotel. He also recognized the children who were reportedly among the dozens of Afghan civilians who were killed. Dozens of others were wounded.

“It’s been a tough day,” Mr. Biden said. “Terrorists attacked, as we’ve been talking about, worried about.”

The president said it is in the ruling Taliban’s own interest for American troops to finish their withdrawal given the terror attacks amid the process, as the U.S. conducts a delicate dance with the Islamist ruling militia.

“It’s not a matter of trust, it’s a matter of mutual self-interest. There is no evidence so far … that there has been collusion between the Taliban and ISIS,” he said. “They are not good guys, the Taliban. I’m not suggesting that at all.”

Mr. Biden said the troops who died “engaged in a selfless mission to save the lives of others.”

“They are part of the bravest, most capable and most selfless military on the face of the Earth,” Mr. Biden said.

Former President Donald Trump, who started exit negotiations with the Taliban and has been deeply critical of Mr. Biden’s handling of the departure, sent his “deepest condolences to the families of our brilliant and brave service members whose duty to the U.S.A. meant so much to them.”

“Our thoughts are also with the families of the innocent civilians who died today in the savage Kabul attack,” he said. “This tragedy should never have been allowed to happen, which makes our grief even deeper and more difficult to understand.”

Administration officials said Mr. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were briefed regularly on the bombings, which pushed a White House visit from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to Friday.

The blasts occurred around the time Mr. Biden met with top military leaders for a morning update on the chaotic evacuation effort that is roiling his presidency.

The White House said Mr. Biden met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, “and commanders on the ground.”

Mr. Biden scrapped his mid-afternoon meeting with governors on the Afghanistan situation to take stock of the attack and its fallout.

Ms. Harris, meanwhile, joined a video feed of the military meeting in the Situation Room as she traveled back from a tour of Southeast Asia. She had an afternoon layover in Guam before heading to Hawaii.

A White House COVID-19 briefing was postponed after reports of the explosions broke, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki put off her regular daily briefing until after Mr. Biden spoke.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said American flags will be lowered to half-staff at the White House, public buildings, military grounds and naval vessels until Aug. 30.

Ms. Psaki said Mr. Biden hasn’t reconsidered his Aug. 31 exit deadline because military leaders continue to believe it is important to get out by then, citing in part ongoing threats to U.S. troops.

“That is their advice,” she said.

Ben Wolfgang and Mike Glenn contributed to this report.

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