US District Court Judge William H. Pauley is at the center of the debate over whether or not Americans can request that the National Security Agency (NSA) halt their surveillance programs.
Lawyers for the government stated to Pauley that “ordinary Americans cannot legally challenge it.”
Stuart Delery, attorney for the Department of Justice (DoJ) explained that based on Smith v. Maryland (SvM), “ordinary Americans have no standing to challenge the collection of their call records. Americans have no reasonable expectation of privacy for those records, and that only phone companies can challenge their collection.”
Because of this legal standing, government attorneys are moving for a dismissal of the case.
The Obama administration is going to close the US Embassy at The Holy See and move the offices over to the US Italian Embassy.
The administration says the Vatican office is unsafe. Of course, this hasn’t stopped them before. The administration received several warnings that the Benghazi consulate was unsafe.
But they kept that consulate open – until it was destroyed by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.
But for some reason, the Obama administration wants to close the embassy doors at The Vatican. Catholic Vote reported:
The Obama administration has decided that the free-standing American embassy to the Holy See will soon be closed, and the offices for the Ambassador to the Vatican will be moved inside of our Italian Embassy.
As a part of the security reviews that followed the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi last year, State Department officials are now claiming that the current U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is no longer safe.
If their assessement is correct, then why not bolster security or simply move the Embassy to a new location instead of shutting it down? Are all ‘unsafe’ embassies being shut down too?
Moving our Ambassador to the Vatican inside of our Italian Embassy sends a clear message: the diplomatic post doesn’t matter much to the United States.
This afternoon I spoke with former Vatican Ambassador James Nicholson. He wanted me to tell CV readers:
“It’s another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican – and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.
“The State Department has for a long time wanted to do this. It came up when I was an ambassador. I explained the folly of this and it went away. But now they seem determined to do this. The perception is [with this action] that the United States is showing a lack of appreciation for the relevance of its diplomatic partner in the Vatican.”
Diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See suffered for generations because of rampant anti-Catholicism in our country. It took until 1984, twenty-four years after the election of a Catholic president, for President Ronald Reagan to officially create the first United States Ambassador to the Holy See.
President Reagan would quickly see the importance of the Holy See in international affairs. Reagan and Blessed Pope John Paul II formed a partnership that would lead to the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
It is not immediately clear how many other embassies will close their doors due to safety concerns.
The NC Online has more.
Stuart Varney is on Fox & Friends talking about the New York Times article about how ObamaCare is a redistribution scheme that will transfer wealth from 100 million Americans to subsidize another 50 million citizens.
Family Security Matters
While black celebrities such as Oprah continue to claim that Obama is opposed and disrespected because he is black, the truth is the polar opposite. bit.ly/17cgZUi Because Obama is black, he enjoys unprecedented imperialistic power and respect. Obama ignores the Constitution, changes and refuses to enforce laws at will.
Despite impeachable offenses, white America does not have the stomach to impeach the first “African-American” president. Consequently, Obama’s lies and deceptions continue to devastate the lives of millions of Americans without serious push back.
A courageous black woman, Rosa Parks, played a major role in launching the civil rights movement by refusing to take a seat in back of the bus. Ironically, our first black president has forced the Constitution, the law, freedom and liberty to the back of the bus.
How are millions of white Americans responding to being called racist by black celebs (Oprah, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman and others) who have become multimillionaires as a result of white patronage? bit.ly/1bKg4Ml These black celebs are absurdly using a refusal to rubber stamp Obama’s liberal socialist/progressive agenda as evidence of racism against a black president.
And yet, a majority of white Americans give their black accusers a pass; probably for the same reason they voted for and have given Obama a pass. White guilt.
Ben Swann takes a look at new support for a lawsuit claiming that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because of how the bill originated.
– See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/if-obamacare-is-a-tax-it-was-not-legally-passed_112013#sthash.isNvdx4V.dpuf
I’ll be out of town next week for a little R & R so keep an eye on the world while I am gone.
by Ellen Field
Larry Klayman, of Freedom Watch, at Reclaim America Now rally
(Washington DC) In a coordinated effort to bring Barack Obama’s forged identity documentation into the light of scrutiny, fifteen unpaid volunteers from California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia walked the halls of Congress this week delivering “Sheriff’s Kits” directly to Congresspersons, Senators and staff alike.
The Daily Sheeple
A Funeral Notice for Osama bin Laden was published on December 26, 2001, in the Egyptian newspaper al-Ward. An English translation is provided below. Anyone fluent in Arabic is invited to verify or correct the translation. This item was sent to me from a reader abroad.
Also below are is a CNN interview with its medical correspondent who examines the last non-faked video of bin Laden and concludes that bin Laden is seriously ill.
There is also below a 2002 report that Israeli intelligence has concluded that bin Laden is dead.
I cannot attest to the correctness of any of these reports, but it is unclear why there would be so much disinformation from such varied sources about bin Laden’s condition or what purpose is served.
You can use this information to evaluate the Obama regime’s unsubstantiated claim that Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in Pakistan a decade later.
Try to identify a single event that the US government has not lied about. Weapons of mass destruction? Iranian nukes? Assad’s chemical attack? Spying on Americans? 9/11? The assassination of President John F. Kennedy? The unemployment rate?