House Passes Federal Reserve Audit Bill


By: Warren Mass
New American

The House of Representatives passed a bill on September 17 that would require the U.S. comptroller general to make a full audit of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve banks. The legislation, “The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013,” was passed by an overwhelming 333-92 bipartisan vote. The measure received bipartisan support, with 106 Democrats joining 227 Republicans to pass it.

The bill, H.R. 24, was introduced by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), whom The Hill quoted as saying:

This is a vital piece of legislation that will help to usher in a new era of transparency in this nation’s monetary policy. The Federal Reserve is a creation of Congress, and it must therefore be subject to the oversight and regulation of Congress.

Broun said in a statement posted on his House website:

Today’s passage of the Audit the Fed bill brings us one step closer towards bringing much-needed transparency to our nation’s monetary policy. For the past 100 years, the Federal Reserve, a quasi-government agency, has acted under a veil of secrecy — controlling our monetary policy and thus, our economy. While in recent years, the Fed has been granted a greater role in overseeing the regulation of our financial system, current law specifically prohibits audits of the Federal Reserve’s deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy. This lack of accountability and transparency has led to grievous consequences — and it must end.

In his statement, Broun also called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the bill before the Senate for a vote.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) spoke to the press about the necessity for the legislation: “Since its inception, the Federal Reserve has always operated in the shadows, without sufficient scrutiny or oversight of its operations.”

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Smoking Gun Evidence of Voter Fraud in Scottish Independence Vote?

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Comedian Michael Loftus on the Lies Behind the Global Warming Scare Industry

Comedian Michael Loftus, host of the new TV show “The Flipside” goes on an extended rant about how people who supposedly believe in the upcoming end of the world brought on by global warming primarily seem interested in just making money for themselves.

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A Closer Look at Sen. McCain’s Meeting with Syrian ‘Rebels’ Last Year


Photo: AP Photo/Syrian Emergency Task Force, Mouaz Moustafa | Date: May. 27, 2013

By: Brent Parrish

The Drudge Report headlined a Breitbart article today entitled “Alleged ISIS Photo Controversy Engulfs Sen. John McCain” that compelled me to dig a bit deeper into the whole controversy surrounding McCain’s meeting in Syria last year with so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) representatives.

Admittedly, there is a fair amount of misinformation and confusion concerning just who it was Sen. McCain met with in Syria. So, with that in mind, I’m going to try and put my “journalist hat” on and simply try to approach the controversy by asking who, what, why, where, when and how.

On May 27, 2013, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) surreptitiously slipped across the Turkey- Syria border at the Bab al-Salameh border crossing in the Aleppo region, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the worn-torn region since the Syrian Civil War began in March 2011.


McCain held talks with Asifat al-Shamal (Northern Storm Brigade)—which controls the Bab al-Salameh crossing—as well as the chief of the FSA, Gen. Salim Idris. The meeting was held just a half-mile inside Syria near the town of Azzaz.

Gen. Idris told the senator he wanted the U.S. to provide arms, a no-fly zone, and to conduct strikes on Hezbollah.

The Daily Beast reported:

“What we want from the U.S. government is to take the decision to support the Syrian revolution with weapons and ammunition, anti-tank missiles and anti-aircraft weapons,” Idris said. “Of course we want a no-fly zone and we ask for strategic strikes against Hezbollah both inside Lebanon and inside Syria.”

Thousands of Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon have flooded into Syria and are fighting alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime.

The entire trip was coordinated by the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), an American nonprofit organization allegedly “created to support the Syrian people’s demand for freedom and democracy, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or background,” according to the SETF website.

At the time, twenty-something Elizabeth O’Bagy was working for the Syrian Emergency Task Force. O’Bagy was often quoted by both Sen. John McCain and Sec. of State John Kerry as an authority on the Syrian conflict.

The Daily Caller reported:

The Syrian Emergency Task Force, the pro-rebel lobbying outfit that employs widely quoted intervention advocate Elizabeth O’Bagy as its political director, receives funding from the U.S. Department of State and related government contractors.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller earlier last week, O’Bagy explained how she got paid. O’Bagy has been roundly condemned for working for a pro-Syrian lobbying group at the same time she was casting the Syrian rebels in a positive light. She works as an analyst at the neoconservative think tank, the Institute for the Study of War [ISW].



The SETF staff

O’Bagy was later fired by the ISW for faking her credentials as a Ph.D. Following her dismissal in September 2013, she was then hired as a legislative assistant in Sen. John McCain’s office.


Shortly after the secret meeting, photos began circulating showing Sen. John McCain posing with several individuals who were present at the talks near Azzaz.

Breitbart News reported:

“The people in the pictures with Senator McCain in Syria included General Salim Idris, then-Chief of Staff of the Supreme Military Command of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Mouaz Moustafa, the Executive Director of the DC-based Syrian Emergency Task Force (which supports the moderate opposition and helped arrange some of the trip), and fighters and commanders from the Northern Storm Brigade, a FSA-aligned group,” McCain’s spokesman Brian Rogers told Breitbart News.



The two alleged kidnappers linked with the Northern Front Brigade have been identified as Abu Youssef and Mohamed Noor, although this has not been confirmed definitively.

Now this is where the controversy begins.

Two of the individuals in the photo above, allegedly identified as Mohamed Noor and Abu Youssef, have been implicated by several sources in the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shi’ite pilgrims near Azazz.

Syria Report reported:

On May 22, 2012, dozens of Lebanese men and women were travelling on a bus through Syria on their way back to Lebanon from a pilgrimage to religious sites in Iran. After crossing the Turkish border into the Aleppo region, the bus was ambushed in Azzaz by around 30 gunmen, who forced several of the passengers to dismount at gunpoint. The militants instructed one of the passengers to go to the local police station, report the ambush and inform police officers of a desire to swap the hostages for two individuals being held by police.

Following much global media coverage, it was alleged by supporters and apologists of armed groups that the hostages were “members of Hezbollah”, a predictable accusation, echoing countless war crimes in which the victims are accused of being somehow linked to the Syrian government. Usually, the victims are of a minority sect, underlining the overt sectarianism espoused by the thousand or so militant groups operating in Syria. Victims of the ambush say that they were never accused of being members of Hezbollah, but rather, that because they are Shia Muslims, they could be used as leverage to negotiate with the Syrian government. The same militant group, kidnapped Lebanese journalist Fidaa Itani in late 2012.

In total, eleven men were kidnapped by the militant groups in Azzaz. The hostages have been regularly referred to as “the Forgotten” as they are still being held in captivity.

Daniel Shoueib, a relative of one of the hostages, who was reading the news of McCain’s surprise and unexpected visit, was shocked to see the photo which showed men he recognised as the kidnappers on May 22, 2012. Daniel went on to criticise American policy, specifically the sponsoring and support of terror groups who are responsible for acts such as sectarian kidnappings … points to the sign in the larger version of the photo which among other words printed, says “New Syria.”

The report McCain had allegedly met with the kidnappers of Lebanese pilgrims near Azzaz appears to have originated with the Lebanese publication The Daily Star, and was reportedly based on a report that first appeared on Al-Jadeed TV, an allegedly pro-Hezbollah broadcast.

The following is the report from Al-Jadeed TV:

The Daily Star article identified the two men in question as “Mohammad Nour” (also spelled “Mohamed Noor”) and “Abu Ibrahim,” whose real name is “Ammar Al-Dadikhi,” according to the same source. But the article from Syria Report identifies “Abu Ibrahim” as “Abu Youseff.” Mohamed Noor is purportedly the chief spokesman and photographer for the Northern Storm Brigade headquartered in Azzaz.

There have been unsubstantiated rumors Abu Youseff (or Abu Ibrahim) was, in fact, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-anointed caliph of the Islamic State (IS), but such claims appear to be fictitious.

Shortly following the release of the photos of McCain in Syria, two separate articles appearing at The Daily Beast and BuzzFeed disputed the allegations the senator had met with Northern Storm kidnappers: “A McCain spokesman said that no one who met with McCain identified themselves by either of those names.”

 But this report details how the BuzzFeed headline went through several reiterations:

The original headline over the Buzzfeed story read: “McCain Didn’t Realize He Was Posing With Rebel Kidnappers” – but not for long. After a few hours on the site, the headline – magically – changed to: “McCain Wasn’t Posing With Rebel Kidnappers, Spokesman Says.” How’s that for spin? The only problem is that the headline – minus the “Spokesman Says” modifier – is a blatant falsehood. The sub-head now reads: “Regrettable, if true.”


The next move for the McCain-Buzzfeed spin machine is to claim the Northern Storm gang is a “rogue” element, not really part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the group McCain and the War Party are so eager to outfit with the latest American weaponry. But that won’t fly, either: this news account identifies the Northern Stormers as not only an integral part of the FSA, but as the architects of the FSA’s “mini-state” being created in the rebel-held northern part of the country.

“[T]he Free Syrian army is quietly carving out its own ‘mini state’ from the towns and strategic areas it now controls. Since capturing the crucial border town of Azaz six weeks ago, the FSA has even reopened the adjoining Bab al-Salama border crossing with Turkey, allowing foreign journalists, politicians and financiers supportive of its cause to cross over into Syria.

“After passing Turkish immigration and walking down a long, blisteringly hot tarmac road, lined on either side by minefields and open sewage, visitors come to a gate which stands ajar. They are are greeted by an overhead banner announcing their arrival at the “Free Syria” customs point. Once inside, FSA soldiers stamp their passports with a date of entry to the ‘Arab Republic of Syria.’

“Before the war, this was a busy crossing point for trade between Turkey and Syria, but these days journalists make up the vast majority of arrivals. Once inside Syrian territory, they are politely ushered into a yellow-brick building, divided by wooden panels into three rooms that serve as the press office for ‘The Northern Storm Brigade,‘a chapter of the FSA which controls the border area, the medieval city of Azaz and territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo…. The Northern Storm Brigade has divided itself into a number of areas of responsibility by setting up offices for military and security, political, revolutionary command, financial, relief, medical and press. Logos have even been produced for several departments.”

A reporter for Time interviewed members of the Northern Storm Brigade in April 2013 who describe themselves as “jihadists.” One of the Northern Storm fighters interviewed claims to have been a former teacher who also fought in Iraq against the Americans.  Another Northern Storm member identifying himself as “Abu” boasted about how his group killed defecting Syrian Assad Army (SAA) soldiers.

It is unclear whether the Northern Storm fighter calling himself “Abu” in the Time interview is, in fact, Abu Youseff; but there is a close physical resemblance between “Abu” and the individual standing behind McCain’s right shoulder in the disputed images of McCain’s meeting with Gen. Salim Idris in May 2013.

One of the more disturbing aspects of the Time interview with the Northern Storm Brigade is the footage of a man calling for the reestablishment of the “Islamic Caliphate” during the burial of a Northern Storm fighter killed in battle against the Syrian Army.


McCain’s controversial visit to Syria was recently set alight by Sen. Rand Paul’s recent accusation the Arizona senator had, in fact, met with ISIS members. Once again, an author at The Daily Beast was quick to pounce on Paul’s comments in an article entitled “Rand Paul Eats Up Hoax That John McCain Met with ISIS.”

Other sources claim the Northern Front Brigade worked together with ISIS and other Islamist groups to take the Menagh military airbase in Aleppo, near Menagh village.

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Regardless of whether one believes Sen. McCain met with members of ISIS or not, there are still a number of unanswered questions about the character and trustworthiness of the people Sen. McCain met with during his brief trip to Syria.

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The Connections Between Islamic Law, Terrorism and the Global Jihadist Movement

This is an excellent series of lectures by Maj. Stephen Coughlin addressing how Islam provides the impetus and doctrinal basis for global terrorism (see links below for the rest of the videos in this series):

YouTube/SecureFreedom: Over more than a decade following 9/11, MAJ Stephen Coughlin was one of the US government’s most astute and objective analysts, and an expert in the connections between Islamic law, terrorism and the jihadist movement around the globe.

Through knowledge of published Islamic law, MAJ Coughlin had an demonstrated ability to forecast events both in the Middle East and domestically and to accurately assess the future threat posture of jihadist entities before they happen.

He has briefed at the Pentagon, for national and state law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress. Today, he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy. His book, Catastrophic Failure, will be released in late 2012.

With this series of presentations, the general public has access to a professional standard of intelligence training in order to better understand the jihadist threat.


(1) Lectures on National Security & Counterterror Analysis (Introduction)
(2) Understanding the War on Terror Through Islamic Law
(3) Abrogation and the ‘Milestones’ Process
(4) The Muslim Brotherhood, the Arab Spring & the ‘Milestones’ Process
(5) The Role of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Enforcing Islamic Law

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Obama’s Fake War Against Terrorism Benefits Russia

YouTube/USA Survival: Trevor Loudon of and Cliff Kincaid discuss how the Russian KGB State benefits from Obama’s fake war against terrorism in the Middle East. They examine the evidence of Russian infiltration of the West, as demonstrated by the appeasement of Russia over Ukraine. Plus,Trevor talks about his 90-day tour of the United States, the illegal immigration issue, the libertarians, and what’s happening in the Tea Party movement.

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Bush 2006: World War III Coming If ‘Caliphate Capitol’ Established in Iraq

Hat Tip: TMH

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D.I.V.O.R.C.E Agreement


Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists, Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950’s, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot, and will not ever agree on what is right, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile, chalk it up to irreconcilable differences, and go our own way…

Here is a model separation agreement:
Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes. We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA, and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore, and Rosie O’Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them) …

We’ll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart, and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies, and illegal aliens. We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s, and rednecks. We’ll keep the bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood. You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks, and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security…

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 9/19/14

The Watcher’s Council

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” – Adolf Hitler

“There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school. And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool” - Plato

This weeks’ winning entry, The Independent Sentinel’sAnti-Americanism, Marxism, Porn, Pedophilia Now Available in the Classroom does a great job in exposing  the organized mind rape and indoctrination of America’s children in the public schools by the implementation of the Common Core program. Here’s a slice:

Did you know that ‘our bodies, being products of eating, are immoral by essence’, and ‘consumption not only bites the world but lessens the leftovers for everyone else’? [...] “procreation has become an unintentional act of aggression against the fellow multitudes already cramming the planet.”

~ from The American Experience, a propagandized high school literature text

Leftist revisionist history is seen through a negative, bleak, self-flagellating prism and it is now permeating our schools thanks to Common Core.

Periodically, I post an article about one of the texts or supplementary materials being used under Common Core that promote propaganda, and anti-American ideas. America Now is one such book.

America Now by Robert Atwan is a book of essays from recent periodicals, which is being used in AP English classrooms in numerous high schools and in undergraduate college classes throughout the nation. It is Common Core aligned. It is typical of the type of indoctrination that is becoming part and parcel of the Core. It has less to do with English than it has to do with perpetuating the leftist vision of America – the new America, America Now!

America now is an America that abandons traditional America and takes up a new, improved Leftist America. Common core is the vehicle by which this new America can be rapidly and widely spread.

Parading around as English literature, it is simply leftist propaganda. The theme capitalism is evil runs throughout.

Big Government and government agencies are extolled. The rich are demonized, Southern people are demeaned, man is described as too costly, man is an agent of destruction on earth, and illegal immigration is promoted.

Happiness is something to be attained by adapting to the Marxist perspective.

A telling quote from the book: “One cure–for those who feel that their pursuit of happiness has been sent on a long detour through the labor camps of American and international capitalism–is the institution of a government department that has as its only priority the happiness of all Americans.”

Another article, on the sticky post on our front page, deals with yet another vile, unAmerican book called The American Experience.

A Tea Party leader, Becky Gerritson, who testified before Congress last year and who told Congress “they had forgotten their place,” testified before an Alabama Senate Education Committee in support of a bill to allow local school districts to opt out of Common Core.

Her testimony concentrated on the widely-used literature text, The American Experience: 1900-Present by Prentice Hall. It is Common Core aligned. When she read one paragraph from a recommended novel that was incorporated into the book, it was so pornographic even the senators wouldn’t listen to it. She reminded them that this is being taught to 16 and 17 year olds.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Sharyl Atkisson in The Daily Signal with Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review submitted by Joshuapundit. Ms. Atkisson, an award winning reporter reveals via a former State Department functionary how for mer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her people were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Colossus of Rhodey was unable to vote this week, but was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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Site Note …

Sorry, ladies and gentlemen, I was busy this weekend and didn’t have time to post much. I then came down with a really nasty cold. Typically, a cold won’t stop me from posting, but this cold really laid me out. So, I’m just now trying to get some posts and articles together.

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