Tuesday, September 2, 2014

State Dept FUNDED & TRAINED Benghazi Terrorists, Ansar al Sharia

State Dept FUNDED & TRAINED Benghazi Terrorists, Ansar al Sharia


The most pressing question about the second 9/11 terrorist attack on America, this time in Benghazi, is “why did Hillary Clinton and the U.S. State Department fund & train the very same terrorists in Libya responsible for murdering Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith and Navy SEALs: Glen Doherty & Tyrone Woods”?

This question must be answered, along with a reason “why Hillary Clinton & the State Department denied over 100 requests for security enhancements and fortifications, despite over 230  violent attacks in Libya over the year leading up to 9/11, including the attacks on Chris Stevens before the video was even posted on youtube“? 
To the right is one such request documented by Regional Security Officer (RSO) Eric Nordstrom, who was stationed in Libya and assigned to Embassy Security by the State Department. Eric Nordstrom appeared to testify at the October 10 Oversight Committee and swore under oath, with penalty of perjury:
“You want to know what bothered me so much about being assigned in Libya? It’s not the hardships, it’s not the gunfire, it’s not the threats. It’s dealing & fighting against the people, the programs & the personnel who were supposed to be supporting me. And I added to it by saying, ‘Jim (Bacigalupo) for me, it’s as if the Taliban is on the inside of the building”.
Listen to Eric Nordstrom’s sworn testimony below:
According to David Petraeus & Rep. Peter King, whose city was devastated by the first terrorist attack on 9/11, RSO Nordstrom was not too far off because it was Ansar al Sharia on the inside of the building.
Led by policy directed by President Barack Obama, US State Department officials Patrick Kennedy & Charlene Lamb testified under oath, with penalty of perjury, before the Oversight Committee on October 10, 2012.
The Kennedy & Lamb testimony revealed:
“the State Department ‘backfilled’ US Special Force Operators protecting America’s Embassy & the Ambassador in Libya, and instead opted to outsource US SFO skill sets with ‘Libyan Militia”.
Houston, we have a problem.
Per RSO Nordstrom’s testimony, part of the Libyan militia was the al-Qaeda-linked, Ansar al-Sharia. Furthermore, per Oversight testimony and evidence, Ansar al Sharia not only threatened Chris Stevens’ life in June 2012, but also attacked the annex Stevens was assigned to in June, blowing out a compound wall. The June attack was called a “terrorist test run”. The test-run or pre-attack occurred one month prior to any video being posted on youtube.
Again, the June “test-attack” or pre-attack was carried out one month prior to the video being posted on YouTube in July, which was subsequently used an excuse by radical Islam, and accepted by the administration, for the “attack on the US Consulate”—an intentional false statement made by multiple government officials, misleading the American people about the CIA annex in Benghazi and the 9/11 terrorist attack that claimed the lives of four brave Americans.
Ultimately, Ansar al Sharia claimed credit for killing Stevens, Smith, Woods & Doherty after 9/11/2012.
After her “accepting responsibility“, Hillary Clinton easily dismissed Ansar al Sharia’s public assertion made on both Twitter and Facebook for murdering Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, and SEALs:  Ty Woods & Glen Doherty.
Posting something on Facebook is not exactly evidence“, Secretary of State Clinton shrugged it off, but she must have forgotten the little-watched video, that was only posted on YouTube, until her friend Mohammed Morsi released it after seizing control of the Egyptian media in August: two months after June, when Americans in Libya were already under attack.
Listen below to Representative Dan Burton (R-IA) press the State Department officials, Patrick Kennedy & Charlene Lamb, who testified under oath, with the threat of perjury, that State Department “backfilled the skill set offered by US Special Forces with Libyan militia”.
Note RSO Eric Nordstrom’s comment about Ansar al Sharia, in fact, being part of the Libyan militia: 

To the right, Conservative Report has verified the money trail.

Libya does not have a proper, uniformed military anymore, thanks to Barack Hussein Obama. Instead, the State Department paid the “Libyan Militia” to protect Ambassador Stevens, who is the representative of the United States President stationed abroad.
See page 170 to verify the details of the State Department funding foreign military in Libya to the tune of $150,000. Compare the same small number afforded local terrorist in Libya, to the hundreds of millions afforded other foreign militaries in the region (like Lebanon’s $100M where Hamas has power!), brought to them courtesy of the US taxpayer.
As Col. Bing West stated, and was supported by former NSA Director Bud McFarlane, murdering a U.S. Ambassador is in fact an act of war.
Yet, the attack on America by Ansar al Sharia has still yet to even been met with a military response. Instead, the sleeping-with-the-enemy President now has another hostage crisis on his hands in Algeria, for which US Special Forces have, once again, yet to even respond.
Maybe President Obama will send the FBI to investigate Al Qaeda’s attack & killing Americans in Algeria, just like he did with Benghazi, and handle the act of war like it’s a “criminal investigation” to be handled in civil court.
Every US President prior Obama understood, acts of war are responded to by the United States Military, and usually in a timely manner, less more Americans be left vulnerable. Afterall, affording terrorists, committing acts of war on America, the same rights as those reserved for American citizens, is nothing less than appeasement.
Furthermore, a Conservative Report source has come forward to expose the “2012 State Department Diplomatic Security Annual Newsletter” (which is embedded at the end of this article).
The State Department newsletter shows American assets training the Libyan militia, who would go onto murder Americans on the second 9/11 terrorist attack on America, in Libya for which We The People indeed funded.

This time, claiming ignorance is not acceptable, especially considering the 1998 American Embassy bombing in Kenya, when Hillary was first lady and her husband Bill Clinton was a selfishly, preoccupied President. Bill was just a little too concerned with his impeachment proceedings to pay attention to commanders on the ground in Kenya.
What’s more revealing is, at the time, current UN Ambassador Susan Rice served under Bill Clinton in the State Department. She was the Ambassador to Africa. It was two years prior to the first 9/11, and was result of the Clinton State Department denying official requests for security enhancements & fortifications, made by Americans operating at the US Embassy in Kenya. Sound familiar? It’s deja’vu, all over again.
The State Department’s refusal to secure its embassy & Ambassador in Kenya resulted in the death of 212 people & wounded 4,000. It was also the eighth anniversary of Americans stationed in Saudi Arabia, who leads OPEC.
It is important to note that the State Department’s main function is to secure American Embassies and Ambassadors stationed around the world, especially in terrorist hot-spots–like Benghazi, Libya.
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Lt. Col Wood was the Commander in Charge of the American security detsil in Libya & he testified:
“I feel duty bound to come forward in order to inform and provide a portion of ground truth information.  I feel a sense of honor for those individuals who have died in the service of their country.
I realize much of my work in Libya was entangled in sensitive government work… The killing of a US Ambassador is a rare and extraordinary thing and requires our attention as a people.
As a citizen I made the determination that this outweighs all other interests and will risk whatever circumstances may result from my testimony”.
The two would go onto expose a shocking revelation.
The United States of America not only denied several request for additional security to protect Ambassador Stevens (eg: a Marine Security Detachment – MSD – is typically assigned to every Ambassador stationed abroad, except for Stevens), but taxpayers also paid for outsourcing to the Libyan militia, and in part, Ansar al Sharia. Special Forces were then used to train the “Libyan militia” to take-over their job of protecting Stevens. 
Marching onward, the Conservative Report will also expose the details around the lack of response, but as already covered, Sean Smith sent a private message to a friend saying:
I hope I don’t die tonight. I caught one of the guards in charge of protecting us taking pictures of our facility”.
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What wasn’t disclosed was that the “Libyan guard” Sean referred to, was atop of a building across the street from the CIA compound, and was casing the location out, for obvious reason.
The Libyan guard, supplemented by the State Department to protect Team Stevens, was scouting for an ambush by Ansar al Sharia, who went onto attack the facility, later that night.
General Petraeus commented, “the guards left their posts moments before the attack began, allowing Ansar al-Sahria to just waltz right in the front door & kill Smith and Stevens”.
Government officials have a video copy of the live feed provided by 2 US Drones & they also have the live radio communications between Special Force Operators.
For all this, the American Secretary of State, UN Ambassador, Secretary of Defense & President all blamed a spiteful video, despite the CIA Director in Benghazi & Libyan President referring to Benghazi “a precise, well planned terrorist attack” the day after, on Sept 12,2012.
As talking heads of the Obama administration were busy, blaming a little-seen YouTube video, they were also exalting America’s freedom of religion to Libya. They ironically did so without mention of the multiple lawsuits the Obama administration faces, with the same respect to freedom of religion here, in America.
Below is the State Dept newsletter, entitled, “Benghazi: 2012 State Department Annual Security Newsletter.” The newsletter depicts U.S. Military training the Libyan Militia. It also details the average amount of security that all Ambassadors receive, including Ambassador Susan Rice & even Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. 
hillary arafat thumbIt is very telling that Rice & Clinton have more than enough Diplomatic Security for themselves, while an Ambassador assigned to a terrorist-haven like Benghazi, lacked even the basic security of a Marine Security Detachment, and was instead left with only Libyan “turn-coats” funded by the taxpayer, at the discretion of the Obama State Department.
Listen to Chris Stevens below regarding the lack of security in Libya and existing vacuum, from which terrorists such as Ansar al Sharia and Al Qaeda were allowed to organize & attack our mission. And not only did so unimpeded, but with US aid. It has been a full year since Stevens had traveled to Benghazi in November 2011, and he issued an urgent security request on September 1st, 2012 to no avail by those he reported to in the State Department.
Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty & Ty Woods never wavered in their duty to our nation & her people, but the support for them & for Special Mission Benghazi certainly did waver, as Eric Nordstrom and Lt. Col. Wood testified about under oath.

Although Secretary Hillary Clinton already accepted responsibility for the murder of four brave Americans in Libya, and in fact, funded the operation, it is time now for her to accept accountability.
Below is an audio mix regarding Benghazi played on Conservative Report Radio as early as October 2012, after the Oversight Hearing and testimony.

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Benghazi Terror Attack: Stalling, Treason, Murder & Cover-Up

Benghazi Bombshell! Valerie Jarrett, Commander in Chief

Benghazi Bombshell! Valerie Jarrett, Commander in Chief

Left there to die

Confidential sources close to Conservative Report have confirmed that Valerie Jarrett was the key decision-maker for the administration, the night of the Benghazi terrorist attack on 9/11/2012.

The chronology of the evening of 9/11 are as follows:
At approximately 5 PM Washington time, reports came in through secure-channels that Special Mission Benghazi was under attack. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey summoned the President,and briefed him on the crisis, face to face.
Subsequent to that brief meeting, President Obama proceeded to the White House to dine in his living quarters.

After supper, Barack Obama had a telephone conference scheduled with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett was present for that conference, which was held due to problems the President was having with the perception of him snubbing Netanyahu in previous, formal encounters.
The telephone call between Obama and Netanyahu carried on for a full two-hours, creating the appearance of respect between the two world leaders.
As that meeting drew to a close, Ms. Jarrett, who is also the Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, went from the living quarters to the White House Situation Room, where the attack in Benghazi was being monitored by Dempsey, Panetta and other top-ranking officials.

Whether she was instructed by the President to go there, or if she went of her own volition,  is only known by the President and herself.
A critical question that needed to be answered, and the sole military-order that could have launched offensive-actions, neutralizing the Ansar al Sharia terrorists attacks on the Mission (the purpose of which is detailed here) and its subsequent attacks on the adjacent CIA Annex, was the issuance of “Cross Border Authority”, an order that can only be issued by the Commander in Chief, himself.
As was reported earlier by Conservative Report, Cross Border Authority was denied.
Two revelations are deeply troubling:
AC130U Spooky
First, it is reported that an Army Special Forces team was present with an AC-130U Spooky (also known as a Spectre Gunship) on the tarmac at the airport in Tripoli, Libya. The Spooky is a technologically sophisticated, tactical aircraft, operated by the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command.
It operates under the overall Special Operations Command stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, which is reportedly in charge of all military special operations units, including: Army Special Forces, Navy SEALS, Rangers and certain Marine units, as well as the USAF AC-130Us, and “stealth Blackhawks,” used in the Bin Laden raid.
Sp Forces thumbThe AC-130U Spooky is equipped with weapons that sync with laser-designators, like those that Woods, Doherty and Ubben had on that lonely rooftop above the CIA Annex. The laser-designator was used to “paint” the mortar targets during the attack, subsequently claiming the lives of Woods and Doherty, and leaving Ubben without a leg. Had the AC-130U been on station, over the CIA Annex in Benghazi, moments before the mortar rounds were fired, instead of “awaiting further instructions,” the entire outcome of the Benghazi fiasco would have been different.
Add to that, a team of Green Berets on the ground to secure and/or evacuate the Annex, and the outcome would have been two SEALS still alive, and a mess of dead terrorists.
Val JarrettThe second, and most troubling aspect of the refusal to issue Cross Border Authority is, who issued the refusal. Rather than the President, the Commander In Chief, making critical decisions, granting or denying the authority to initiate offensive-actions in support of our valiant fighting men, the decision not to take action was made by a person, to whom the people did not elect, nor did the Congress have confirmation power over.
The military-order, not to initiate action, saving our men in Benghazi, was issued by the President’s Advisor, Valerie Jarrett.
And this is a “phony” scandal?

Outsourcing Terror: The Real Purpose of Mission Benghazi

Outsourcing Terror: The Real Purpose of Mission Benghazi


As the story behind, and before the events of September 11, 2012 unfold, Conservative Report is able to offer more clarity into a confusing and uncontrolled situation on the ground in Benghazi. As events escalated in the Middle East in 2011, it became clear to the world that a unique opportunity presented itself to unseat a brutal dictator, who was actively supporting world terror.

As NATO was actively assisting rebels in Libya, bent on overthrowing then dictator Moammar Qadaffi, Barack Obama’s administration was attempting to play a limited, back-seat-role, presumably shying away from an entanglement similar to either Iraq or Afghanistan. Previous to, and concurrent with NATO’s direct involvement with Libyan rebel groups, coalescing under provisional control of Prime Minister Mahmoud Jabril of the Libyan transitional council (TNC), the United States was partnering with Qatar, and actively arming rebel groups (as they had in the past), and the United Arab Emirates had joined in, at a later date.
Again, simultaneous to this, international arms dealers were licking their chops at the profits to be reaped from an unstable Middle East, and the civil war being waged in Libya in particular.
Marc Turi is an infamous American arms trader who maintained residence in both Arizona and Abu Dhabi, was supplying arms to Qatar that were presumably being shipped to Libya. Initially, these arms were both French and Russian, because Turi’s initial application for permission to ship US made arms had been denied by American officials.
It is of interest that, prior to this application, Marc Turi was in email communication with special envoy to the Libyan rebel alliance, J. Christopher Stevens, who agreed to speak to his superiors about Turi’s plan to arm the rebels. This is none other than the Chris Stevens who later became the Libyan ambassador, and was subsequently killed in the raid on the CIA facility in Benghazi.
The Obama administration was being contacted by the Qataris to arm Libyan rebels, and this presented two disparate problems for the President:
On the hand, he was deeply worried about the political ramifications of another military entanglement (with the potential of loss and loss of life) in the upcoming election year. He was worried that failure to assume any role in this would weaken him in the part of the world where he saw a future as world leader.
Secondly, Qatar was a long time ally of the United States, a wealthy and moderate Muslim nation, and a major supplier of natural gas worldwide.
Not only that, but possibly more significant, Qatar fell on the right side of the internecine battle for natural gas involving Turkey, whose Prime Minister is arguably Barack Obama’s closest and possibly only international friend.
See previous Conservative Report Online article, “EXCLUSIVE! Benghazi GUN-RUNNING & The Russia, China, Iran, Syria PIPELINE
The solution for the Obama Administration was to arm Syrian rebels through our allies Qatar & the UAE,  assuring that no US fingerprints were “left on the murder weapon”, so to speak.  An agreement was forged where US money would be used to purchase foreign manufactured arms and ship them to Libya.
Two flies landed in the US ointment.
First, like any operation where a foreign entity is in charge, you lose control of the operation. As this gun-running was occurring, we had a limited number of CIA posted special forces on the ground in Libya, whose main task was to organize and assist the Libyan rebels. It became clear to them that the arms being shipped for the US by the Qataris were being delivered into the hands of anti-democratic, radical Islamist with strong ties to Al Qaeda. Reports were flying back to DC, apparently only to fall on deaf ears in the administration and presumably by the President.
The second fly was larger.  After being refused his initial request for permission to send US arms to the Libyan rebels in MArch 2011, Marc Turi reapplied in May of 2012 and requested permission to sell US arms to Qatar. This request was approved.
Whether knowingly or unknowingly, US arms were flowing through Qatar, into Libya and presumably winding-up in the hands of Al Qaeda aligned rebel groups.
It is of no little interest that a scant two months later, Marc Turi’s home in Arizona was raided by agents of the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Turi stated that he believed that this raid, and the ongoing investigation into his arms dealing, is in direct response to his legal supply of US weapons to Qatar, and the fact that the Qataris “handed them out like candy”, with little concern about what factions received them.
Conservative Report has reported that the Benghazi CIA mission was tasked with collecting arms from forces supporting the Qaddafi regime. The CIA was tasked to track, and destroy them. We also reported that, in fact, those weapons were seized. Videos were made to prove to NATO that the US had destroyed them, yet we only destroyed the “non-functional arms” or those rendered inoperable.
The operable arms were shipped through Turkey to arm Syrian rebels, many of whom are reported to be at least sympathetic to Al Qaeda. What is important to note, is that the US was also disarming the very Al Qaeda rebels that we armed through Qatar.
This action angered the Al Qaeda rebel group, Ansar al-Shariah, who ultimately attacked the Benghazi facility. Informed sources are telling Conservative Report that a significant part of the 2012 Benghazi mission was to seize US manufactured weapons from Al Qaeda rebels (Ansar al Sharia), in order to cover-up the fact that they had been shipped.

FBI nabs Texas Democrats accused of using cocaine to buy votes

FBI nabs Texas Democrats accused of using cocaine to buy votes

The FBI is accusing Texas Democrats of using cocaine to buy votes and it’s all coming out in court.
Political chicanery and vote-buying in Texas are as old as the state itself, and the latest episode to come to light features purchasing votes with cocaine, marijuana, money, cigarettes and beer, an on-going FBI investigationhas uncovered.
Two political operatives of a Hidalgo County Commissioner’s campaign manager were charged on Thursday with vote-buying before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby, The Monitor reported.
The arrests are the latest twist in an 18-month investigation focusing on the 2012 primary election for County Commissioner. The name of the campaign manager and his chief were not disclosed, however, only two candidates ran in that race, A.C. Cuellar Jr., and Democrat Joel Quintanilla. Both have denied even having campaign managers.
Veronica Saldivar and Belinda Solis, known as politiqueras, paid campaign workers, were each given $25 worth of cocaine, the campaign manager admitted, and told to buy votes with them. Their bond was set at $10,000 and if convicted, each could face five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
In the 2012 general election, the campaign manager confessed that he gave Solis $40 in cash and $20 worth of cocaine to entice voters for school board candidates, according to The Monitor.
She told agents that she paid three voters $10 each for their votes in 2012, $5 to her ex-husband, and gave another individual a “dime bag” of cocaine for his vote.
So far, no elected officials have been arrested, but three other politiqueras were nabbed by FBI agents in December, for exchanging money, food and cigarettes for votes. Additionally, former School Board President Alfredo Lugo, who seemingly felt implicated by these three arrests, hanged himself on New Year’s Day, but no specific reason was cited for his suicide.

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Al Qaeda’s 9/11 anniversary attacks ready to go. New undetectable explosive may be used DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2014, 9:40 PM (IDT)

Al Qaeda’s 9/11 anniversary attacks ready to go. New undetectable explosive may be used
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2014, 9:40 PM (IDT)
Al Qaeda's top bomb-maker, Saudi Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri
Al Qaeda's top bomb-maker, Saudi Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri
Credible information has reached Saudi, British and Australian agencies that two al Qaeda branches – IS in Iraq and Syria and AQAP at its base in Yemen - have wrapped up plans to roll out coordinated terrorist spectaculars around the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2011 attacks on New York and Washington. According to debkafile’s counterterrorism sources, they are preparing to strike simultaneously in the Middle East and a West European city. Next, they will go for US targets in the Middle East and Europe.
In the estimate of Islamist experts, the IS and AQAP have decided to delay direct terrorist action in the United States, calculating that an attack on America will have a greater shock impact some time after the first cycle of outrages, toward the end of 2014 or early 2015.
It was this information that galvanized Saudi King Abdullah into warning the West that Al Qaeda’s plans were imminent. “If neglected,” he said strongly last week, “I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America.”
The king issued his warning on the occasion of the US Ambassador to Riyadh, Joseph W. Westphal’s formal presentation of credentials. This gave his warning added weight, because it was a fabricated opportunity. In the two years that Ambassador Westphal has officiated in the Saudi capital, the king has never found time to confirm his accreditation. This cold shoulder reflected the nonagenarian Saudi ruler’s opinion of US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies and what appears to Riyadh to be his lackadaisical attitude towards fighting Islamist terror.
Sharing the view that this peril is too grave to be ignored any longer, the prime ministers of Britain and Australia, David Cameron and Tony Abbott, appear to have prevailed on the Saudi king to signal this indirect warning to Washington - especially since Saudi intelligence shares the view that a great number of lives are at stake if Al Qaeda consummates its plans.
Our intelligence and counterterrorism sources disclose that the data on the two Al Qaeda groups’ plans to mark the 9/11 anniversary with major attacks has been in the hands of Middle Eastern, European and US security agencies since the second week of May, i.e., five months ago.
They were also anxiously aware that Al Qaeda’s top bomb-maker, Ibrahim Hassan A-Asiri, who works out of Yemen, had developed a secret explosive substance that can pass undetected through the screening devices and security measures currently in use at international airports and public places in the West and the Middle East.
Intelligence experts believe that this novel substance, when hidden in special shoes or electronic devices like iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones, can beat even tight security scrutiny. However, information has also been received about the new undetectable explosive substance being implanted in the bodies of suicide jihadists, to produce the ultimate “body bombs.”
It is feared that this hazard is already in place and that a surgical procedure may have been carried out to implant it on carriers of American or European passports, at a secret clinic in Yemen or a Gulf emirate by a surgeon dedicated to the radical Islamist cause. These human bombs will have been able to travel through Jordan or Iraq through Turkey to their targeted destinations. Such carriers of invisible bombs may be Americans, Belgians, Britons, Australians, French citizens or Germans, and already on standby for the prearranged signal to push a certain button and demolish a selected target.
The novel invention has made it infinitely easier for terrorists to move around and approach their targets, unnoticed and without arousing suspicion.
Prime Minister Cameron has woken up to the peril. He announced Tuesday, Sept. 22, he would ask parliament to urgently approve sweeping legislation to combat the “scourge of extremism” - including the power to seize passports of an estimated 500 British Muslims known to be frequent travelers to Turkey, Syria and Iraq and strongly suspected of identifying with Al Qaeda’s jihadist ideology.
Most counterterrorism experts fear that these measures if approved would come too late to pre-empt Al Qaeda’s 9/11 anniversary plot.


Foreign Ownership of U.S. Government Debt Passes $6 Trillion

September 2, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao
Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao listen to national anthems in Beijing on Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang)
(CNSNews.com) - For the first time in the nation’s history, foreign interests now own more than $6 trillion in U.S. government debt, according to the most recent Treasury Department report on major foreign holders of the debt, which includes the numbers through the end of June.
As of the end of June, foreign owners held $6,013,200,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities, up from $5,976,500,000,000 as of the end of May.
Thirteen years ago, at the end of June 2001, the foreign-held U.S. government debt was $983,300,000,000—and had been trending downward for four months. Since then, it has grown more than six-fold.
Of the $6,013,200,000,000 in U.S. government debt held by foreign interests, $4,108,200,000,000 was categorized by the Treasury as “foreign official” debt holdings---meaning it was owned by institutions controlled by foreign governments.
Foreign ownershi of U.S. debt
“Foreign official institutions,” says the Treasury, “include the following: 1. Treasuries, including ministries of finance, or corresponding departments of national governments; central banks, including all departments thereof; stabilization funds, including official exchange control offices or other government exchange authorities; and diplomatic and consular establishments and other departments and agencies of national governments. 2. International and regional organizations. 3. Banks, corporations, or other agencies (including development banks and other institutions that are majority-owned by central governments) that are fiscal agents of national governments and perform activities similar to those of a treasury, central bank, stabilization fund, or exchange control authority."
The largest share of the foreign-owned U.S. government debt is held by interests in Mainland China, which owned $1,268,400,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities as of the end of June. (Another $158,200,000,000 is held by interests in Hong Kong.)
Top 15 Countries Holding U.S. government debt
The second largest share of the foreign-owned U.S. government debt is held by interests in Japan, which owned 1,219,500,000,000.
The third largest share of foreign-owned U.S. government debt is held by interests in Belgium, which owned $364,100,000,000 in Treasury securities at the end of June. The fourth largest share was held by interests in what the Treasury calls “Carribbean Banking Centers” (Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, and the British Virgin Islands), which owned $308,300,000,000 in Tresury securities at the end of June. And the fifth largest share was held by interests in nations characterized by Treasury as “Oil Exporters” (Ecuador, Venezuela, Indonesia, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Gabon, Libya, and Nigeria.) Interests in these nations owned $262,100,000,000 in Treasury securities.
As of the end of June, the Federal Reserve owned $2,396,972,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities. Together, the $6,013,200,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities owned by foreign interests and the $2,396,972,000,000 owned by the Federal Reserve equaled $8,410,172,000,000 in U.S. government debt. That was about 67 percent of the $12,572,219,622,017.57 in U.S. government debt "held by the public," which includes debt borrowed from individuals, corporations and foreign and domestic government entities outside of the federal government itself.
Debt held by Federal Reserve and foreign interest
The total U.S. government debt at the end of June was $17,632,606,234,365.92. This included the $12,572,219,622,017.57 in debt held by the public plus $5,060,386,612,348.35 in what the Treasury calls “intragovernmental debt,” which includes money the government has borrowed from such things as the Social Security trust fund to cover other government expenses.
A 2013 Congressional Research Service report on Chinese holdings of U.S. government debt noted efforts by the U.S. government to reassure the government of the People’s Republic of China that U.S. government debt is a good investment.
“Since the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2008, U.S. government officials have increasingly sought to offer assurances to Chinese officials regarding the safety of China’s holdings of U.S. government debt securities and to encourage China to continue to purchase U.S. securities,” said the CRS report. “For example, during her first visit to China on February 21, 2009, (then) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was quoted as saying that she appreciated ‘greatly the Chinese government's continuing confidence in the United States Treasuries,’ and she urged the government to continue to buy U.S. debt.”
The CRS report continued: “However on March 13, 2009, (then) Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at a news conference stated: ‘We’ve lent a huge amount of capital to the United States, and of course we’re concerned about the security of our assets. And to speak truthfully, I am a little bit worried. I would like to call on the United States to honor its words, stay a credible nation and ensure the safety of Chinese assets.”
“The U.S. debt issue was a major topic during Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to China in August 2011,” said the CRS report. “At a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on August 19, 2011, Vice President Biden stated that ‘we appreciate and welcome your concluding that the United States is such a safe haven because we appreciate your investment in U.S. treasuries. And very sincerely, I want to make clear that you have nothing to worry about in terms of their—their viability.’”
The latest State Department report on human rights in China says: “The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is an authoritarian state in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) constitutionally is the paramount authority. CCP members hold almost all top government and security apparatus positions.”


Is Obama Helping the Islamic Militants?

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Is Obama, by Having No Strategy, Helping Islamic Militants?
"The duty of a Patriot is to protect his country from its government."  – Thomas Paine
Facts & Questions
It is my intent, Dear Reader, simply to present facts and to ask questions.  Your job is to answer them for yourself.  If you are a little worried, by the time you finish reading this article, then I have accomplished my purpose: I have raised your level of concern about what is going on in our country.
Current Developments, Labor Day Weekend, 2014
The Islamic State, according to the latest reports, is now operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, as they plan to attack the US.  This attack could come in the form of a vehicle bomb, a biological threat (such as bubonic plague), or something even worse.
Federal law enforcement officials are aware of this threat and have issued warning bulletins for Labor Day Weekend.  Americans are being advised not to travel to Juarez, Mexico, at this time.
This news comes on the heels of Obama’s admission that he has no strategy for dealing with the Islamic State.  Doing nothing, however, is actually a strategy—if you are an Islamist president who wants to help the Islamic State.  A president who does nothing is exactly what would help Islamists to attack the US with increased effectiveness.
Obama’s Intentional Border Crisis
Illegal ObamaObama is a Commander-in-Chief who has pulled the border patrol back 70 miles from the border.  Obama has ordered patrolmen not to return fire, when fired upon—unless they want to lose their jobs.  (This immoral policy has, unfortunately, already led to one death).  Obama has told many of the border patrol guards to process illegals, rather than focus on the actual guarding of the border.  Obama has, in short, made sure that he executes policy that does nothing to keep terrorists from crossing into the US.
What If?
What if Islamist militants come into the US and explode a bomb?  What if the president then decides to call a state of emergency and declare martial law?  What if our Constitution-hating president uses this emergency to suspend the Bill of Rights and sends police into homes to confiscate firearms, leaving Americans defenseless?  What if Obama dissolves the Congress for six months, per his Executive Order 11921, thereby avoiding Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi hearings that are to take place in the House?
A Couple of Concerning Executive Orders
President Obama, in his first term, issued Executive Order 11921, which says that, when invoked, the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency is empowered to establish control over all mechanisms of the production and distribution of energy, wages, salaries, credit, and the flow of currency in American financial institutions during a national emergency.  It also provides that the president may declare a state of emergency, with no Congressional oversight for six months’ time!  What is not clear is whether or not, at the end of six months’ time, the president might be able to declare still another six-month emergency period.  Could this go on ad infinitum?
Another executive order of concern is Obama’s Executive Order 13618, which allows the president to take over every means of communication, including radio, television, and internet—silencing every voice but his own—given an emergency situation, such as a war or a threat of war.  Seeing as how we now live in a state of perpetual warfare—the war on terror, the war on drugs, and so forth—what might this mean?  Is this even desirable in a democratic republic?  Broadcasters would cooperate without government coercion in a true emergency.  So, this amount of executive overreach is surely unwarranted in a free civil society.
None of these executive orders are constitutional, of course.  The executive order is not even mentioned in the US Constitution.  But this president goes against the Constitution time and again, and the government generally responds by following his lead.  This is the case, due to the fact that Obama has appointed many of the leaders who are in charge of deciding whether to implement his orders.
Presidential Purge
Obama muslimPresident Obama has purged over 200 top military brass from the US armed forces and has replaced them with commanders sympathetic to his views on such issues as firing on the American public if asked by the Commander-in-Chief to do so.  Obama has taken practical measures to ensure his orders will be obeyed, by placing people in charge who are more loyal to him than they are to the American people and the US Constitution.
Could It Be?
Could it be that President Obama is setting the wheels in motion to become a dictator in the truest sense of the word?  What if Islamists are willing to help him achieve his goal, due to the signals he has sent them to indicate he is a Muslim?  (Obama has protected Iran’s nuclear program, blown Israel’s cover on the bombing mission they planned in 2013 to take out the Iranian nuclear program, leaked the plans to Israel’s Iron Dome, et cetera.)  What if doing nothing has, indeed, been Obama’s strategy all along?
We have never had a president, in the history of our republic, who has refused to protect our border from terrorists to the extent that he has actively canceled out the border patrol.  We have never had a president who has unilaterally disarmed our missile defenses from 5,500 down to 1,550 without any concessions from our adversaries.  And we have never had a president who has dramatically decreased the size of our armed forces in at a time when the threats to America were on the rise.
Sounding an Alarm
Will it help matters, if we cast light upon the possibility of an Obama police state in the making?  Hopefully, it will never materialize.  But a sleeping, unaware public could only encourage matters in the wrong direction.  So please, Dear Reader, sound the alarm to your friends and neighbors.  The Islamic State is coming!  And Obama is not stopping them.

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ALERT -- Dept. of Homeland Security Lose Track of 6,000 Foreigners on Student Visas...

ALERT -- Dept. of Homeland Security Lose Track of 6,000 Foreigners on Student Visas...

(ABC News) -- The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished -- exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
"My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything," said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. "Some of them could be here to do us harm."
Homeland Security officials disclosed the breadth of the student visa problem in response to ABC News questions submitted as part of an investigation into persistent complaints about the nation’s entry program for students.
ABC News found that immigration officials have struggled to keep track of the rapidly increasing numbers of foreign students coming to the U.S. -- now in excess of one million each year. The immigration agency’s own figures show that 58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year. Of those, 6,000 were referred to agents for follow-up because they were determined to be of heightened concern.
“They just disappear,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “They get the visas and they disappear.”
Coburn said since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, 26 student visa holders have been arrested in the U.S. on terror-related charges.

Report: ISIS Planning Biological Attack

Report: ISIS Planning Biological Attack

A laptop found in the northern region of Idlib in Syria raises concerns among intelligence officials in the Middle East reported the site Foreign Policy. According to the report, the computer was found in the hands of a commander of a moderate rebel organization in Syria, and contains comprehensive guidance for making biological weapons for an “attack that will shock the world.”

Aug 31, 2014, 04:30PM | Gal Cohen
ISIS Channel 2 News/AP
Is the extremist terrorist organization ISIS planning to carry out a biological attack? The laptop belonging to a member of the organization was found in Northern Syria by one of the commanders of the rebels in the country, the Foreign Policy website reported.  According to the report, the computer contains a lot of information, which included instructions for making weapons of mass destruction.
According to the article on Foreign Policy, the computer was found last January on an ISIS base in Idlib, near the border with Turkey.  "I took the computer with me but I had no idea what was in it or if it even worked," said the person who found the computer - one of the commanders of the more moderate Syrian rebel groups, identified as Abu Ali.
The computer worked without problem and no password was required for its operation, but first it seemed to him that all of the folders were empty.  However, in a hidden folder that has 146 gigabytes of material, including information on ISIS members, articles and guides in three languages, ideological speeches, videos, instructions for Jihad fighters around the world, and most worrying – an assembly guide along with instructions for making bombs and biological weapons, under the title - "preparation for the attack that will shake the world."
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Weapons of Mass Destruction Channel 2 News/Reuters
"The Symptoms Begin Within 24 Hours"
I had been made public that the laptop belonged to an operative named Mohammad S., who went from Tunisia to Syria and joined ISIS after studying chemistry and physics in his country. In the document, which included 19-pages in Arabi, there were instructions for the development of biological weapons by the use of infected animals diseases - such as spreading plague. "The development and production of these weapons is cheap and can bring down hordes of people," the document states.
The guide lists, among other things, safety mechanisms in handling weapons and tests that were used to make weapons before. "When bacteria is introduced into the body of a little mouse, the symptoms will begin to appear after 24 hours," the report said.  Among the many provisions was also Fatwa (Islamic religious ruling), that permits the use of weapons of mass destruction. Fatwa was signed Saudi cleric Nasir al Fahd, currently imprisoned in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.
ISIS now controls the University of Mosul in Iraq, several laboratories in Syria.  The West and persecuted minorities in Syria and Iraq are very afraid of the dangerous mixture of a murderous ideology and weapons of mass destruction. "The information is on the computer," reads the Foreign Policy website, "they will not leave behind a book about their deadly ambitions.”
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Authorities in the Golan: “The Worst Predictions Are Beginning to be Realized”

Authorities in the Golan: “The Worst Predictions Are Beginning to be Realized”

The continuations of the battles across the border in Syria, that are spilling over into Israel, are putting a strain on the residents and community leaders in the Golan. "The residents here fear for their safety," said a Golan Heights authority to Channel 2 News Online. "We are keeping to routine, but are on alert," noted a resident of the Golan Heights today who sent her son to first grade.

Sep 01, 2014, 04:01PM | Gal Cohen
Pillars of Smoke From Fighting in Syria
Pillars of Smoke From Fighting in Syria Channel 2 News/Guy Varon
Shooting from Syria, that is disrupting the lifestyle and worrying community leaders: In southern Israel, residents returned to normal after the operation, and now in the Golan Heights peaceful life has changed to fear as heavy fighting across the border fence with Syria continues to spill into Israel. Settlements in the Golan Heights expressed concern today for the safety of residents as well as concerns about a fatal blow to tourism in the region.
"The presence of Al-Qaeda across the border is worrisome, and residents here fear for their safety," one of the leading authorities of the Golan Heights told Channel 2 News Online.  "Assad was not peace-loving, but the border was quiet.  Now there’s a murderous terrorist organization that works directly against the residents of the Golan Heights."
While community leaders of the Golan Heights are certainly fearful, they are not entirely surprised. "The worst predictions presented to us in recent years are beginning to be realized," says an authority of the Golan Heights. "Al-Qaeda fighters are sitting on the border and the fighting continues to penetrate across to the border.
Even this morning, on the first day of the school year, when a mortar shell fell in the Golan, thousands of parents sent their children to the first day of the school.  "This morning my son went to first grade in light of the explosions," Karen Gelbart, a resident of Kibbutz Ein Ziwan told Channel 2 News Online.  "It's not an easy or pleasant situation, but we are keeping to routine.  I feel that the schools in the area are prepared for any situation, but we are also staying alert.”
Mortar Fell In Open Field in the Golan
Mortar Fell In Open Field in the Golan Channel 2 News
Mortar on the Way to School
A mortar shell fell in the Golan Heights this morning and exploded in an open area.  The mortar was shot as part of the fighting in Syria, in the Quneitra area. No injuries or damage were caused, but the area was declared a closed military zone, and farmers working in nearby plantations were evacuated from the area.
On the other side of the border, the fierce fighting between members of the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Sawn and the forces of President Bashar Assad continue near the Quneitra crossing and near the UN facility that is in the center of this area.  At this stage, neither party has been able to achieve victory in battle, and the echoes of the constant firing are heard all over the Golan Heights.
The defense system continues to closely monitor the changes in light of border fighting, to assist the United Nations forces in any area and observe what is needed to combat the terrorist organization affiliated with al-Qaida, hoping that they will keep their distance and not get involved in a direct confrontation of Israel in the north.
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I'm back, Obama': ISIS executioner Jihadi John taunts President as he beheads second US journalist, Steven Sotloff . . . and then threatens to kill a Briton next

  • Steven Sotloff, 31, from Miami, was captured in Syria in August 2013
  • The video is titled ‘A Second Message to America’
  • In the video, Sotloff describes himself as 'paying the price' for the Obama administration’s decision to attack ISIS in Iraq
  • His execution follows the beheading of fellow journalist James Foley last month
  • Sotloff freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines
  • The White House today said: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Sotloff and Mr Sotloff's family’

ISIS has released a video that shows the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff and says the murder is retaliation for the Obama administration’s continued airstrikes in Iraq.
Sotloff is the second American journalist to be killed by ISIS, and his death comes two weeks after James Foley was executed in a similar video.
In the video entitled 'A Second Message to America,' Sotloff appears in a orange jumpsuit before he is beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.
The executioner appears to be the same man who killed Foley – known as ‘Jihadi John’ - and tells the camera: 'I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State.”
He also threatens to kill a Briton held hostage by the group next.
Tonight Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the video and said: ‘It is an absolutely disgusting and despicable act.”
He added he will be making a statement on the video later.
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Beheaded: ISIS have released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff
Beheaded: ISIS have released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff
Last week: Shirley Sotloff appealed directly for the return of her son, SteveN Sofloff last week. On Tuesday, ISIS released a video that purported to show the beheading of her son online
Last week: Shirley Sotloff appealed directly for the return of her son, SteveN Sofloff last week. On Tuesday, ISIS released a video that purported to show the beheading of her son online
Last week: Shirley Sotloff appealed directly for the return of her son, SteveN Sofloff last week. On Tuesday, ISIS released a video that purported to show the beheading of her son online

The executioner points his knife menacingly at the camera as he speaks. Clad in the same black garb he wore during Foley’s execution, the killer has a pistol strapped under his arm in a shoulder holster. The black flag of the Islamic State can be seen waving in the background.
Sotloff calmly read a statement moments before his murder: ‘I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.;
He tells the camera: ‘Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?’
While he speaks, a militant calmly holds a knife at his side and stands next to Sotloff.
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Killer: The British jihadist, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, known as Jihadi John is suspected of killing US journalist James Foley and Steven Sotloff and is pictured here (left) at his rap studio and (right) with Sotloff on August 19
Killer: The British jihadist, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, known as Jihadi John is suspected of killing US journalist James Foley and Steven Sotloff and is pictured here (left) at his rap studio and (right) with Sotloff on August 19
Alleged: The British jihadist, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, known as Jihadi John is suspected of killing US journalist James Foley and Steven Sotloff and is pictured here (left) at his rap studio and (right) with Sotloff on August 19

The man believed to be Jihadi John also says: ‘As your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike necks of your people.’
At least one version of the video posted online openly taunts President Barack Obama, showing his statement about the execution of James Foley.
'The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans anywhere, we will do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.
'And we will act against ISL standing alongside others,’ the president intones.
The video then cuts to the execution scene.
The White House didn't immediately comment on how and when Obama heard about Sotloff's reported death.
The president was in the White House when news erupted, preparing for a mid-afternoon departure for Estonia and then Wales, where he will attend a NATO summit.
The Pentagon refused to confirm the video of Steven Sotloff's murder today and said they were working to authenticate it with intelligence officials.
Rear Admiral John Kirby said: 'We still can't confirm this next video and potential new murder... We are trying to find out the ground truth here.'
Foley’s family released a statement after Sotloff’s execution, calling it ‘just horrific,’ according to WHDH-TV.
On Thursday, Sotloff’s mother Shirley Sotloff went on television to make a direct appeal for her son’s life. She addressed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-claimed caliph of ISIS.
'My son is in your hands,' Ms Sotloff said. 'As a mother I ask Your Justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life.'


A Second Message to America:
'I am Steven Joel Sotloff. I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing before you. And now this is the time for my message:
'Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be the preservation of American lives and interests, so why is that I am paying the price of your interference with my life? Am I not an American citizen? We’ve spent billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars and we’ve lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State, so what are the people’s interests in reigniting war?
'From what little I know about foreign policy, I remember a time when you could not win an election without promising to bring our troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan and to close down Guantanamo. Here you are now, Obama, nearing the end of your term, and having achieved none of the above and deceivingly marching us the American people in the blazing fire.'
The SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, first reported about the video's existence. Unlike Foley's beheading, which was widely shared on Twitter accounts affiliated with the Islamic State group, the video purporting to show Sotloff's killing was not immediately posted online, though several jihadi websites told users to expect it Tuesday.
The fighter who beheads Sotloff in the video called it retribution for Obama's continued airstrikes against the group in Iraq.
Sotloff's mother had pleaded for his release last week in a video directed at the Islamic State group.
Addressing the leader of the Islamic State group by name, Shirley Sotloff said in a video her son was 'an innocent journalist' who shouldn't pay for U.S. government actions in the Middle East over which he has no control.
Second death: This undated image shows a frame from a video released by Islamic State militants Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley by the militant group
Second death: This undated image shows a frame from a video released by Islamic State militants Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley by the militant group
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was taken by surprise when a reporter asked him about the video during a regular Tuesday press briefing.
The initial reports had surfaced, President Obama's chief spokesman suggested, while he was already speaking to reporters.
'This may have just happened in the last few minutes while I've been standing up here,' Earnest said.
'This is something that the administration has obviously been watching carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff's life was originally made a few weeks ago,' he added.
'I'm not in a position to confirm the authenticity of that video, or reports, obviously,' he cautioned, 'since I just walked out here.'
'But if there is a video that has been released, it is something that will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government and our intelligence officials to determine its authenticity.'


'I’m back Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic state, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and … on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. You Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike out people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.
'We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone'
Despite hearing about the video release for the first time, Earnest pivoted to expressing the sympathies of the White House.
'Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff's family and those who worked with him,' he said. 'The United States, as you know, has dedicated significant time and resources to try and rescue Mr. Sotloff.'
At the State Department a rattled spokeswoman Jen Psaki confused the executions of Foley and Sotloff.
'We certainly consider this act, this reported act, the act of the killing of James Foley, as a horrific terrorist act.' she said.
Foley was the first U.S. journalist beheaded in an ISIS video. His death first aroused Americans' anger two weeks ago.
'If the video is genuine,' Psaki said, 'we are sickened by this brutal act, taking the life of another innocent American citizens. Our hearts go out to the Sotloff family.'
Asked if the Obama administration will regard Sotloff's execution as an 'act of war,' she refused to engage in semantics.
'We certainly – I'm not going to put new labels on it,' Psaki said.
'I don't think it's a useful exercise to go back and forth about new terms,' she said later. 'What's important is what we're doing about it.'
Remarks: White House press secretary Josh Earnest during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Earnest also spoke about reports that a video on the internet that purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by ISIS
Remarks: White House press secretary Josh Earnest during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Earnest also spoke about reports that a video on the internet that purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by ISIS

Videos like the one that surfaced Tuesday, she told reporters, have 'been one of the motivating factors in the effort to undergo the creation of an international coalition to address this threat.'
Psaki would not say how many other captives ISIS is holding from the U.S. and other Western nations.
'We don't get into specific numbers, for the safety and security of individuals,' she said.
'We've said "a few." That continues to be accurate.'
The chilling threat to execute a UK hostage is a direct challenge to Prime Minister David Cameron and will send shockwaves through the British government.
Only last week  Mr Cameron warned that ISIS was now a ‘greater threat to our security than we have seen before’.
After the beheading of journalist James Foley, Mr Cameron rushed back from his holiday in Cornwall to condemn ‘the barbaric and brutal act’.
On Friday the Prime Minster warned that the killers were likely to be British.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest about reports that the video on the internet shows the beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by ISIS
White House press secretary Josh Earnest about reports that the video on the internet shows the beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by ISIS
The Prime Minister was addressing Tory MPs in a private meeting in Parliament this evening when he was informed of the latest video.
At the end of the meeting of the Conservative backbench 1922 committee, Mr Cameron was seen looking at his blackberry before emerging to address journalists.
It comes just 24 hours after Mr Cameron outlined a fresh crack down on extremists returning from the Middle East to wage war on Britain.
He announced that police will be given the power to seize the passports of terror suspects trying to join jihadists fighting in Iraq and Syria.
He also revealed the Government was considering new powers to force jihadis living in the UK to relocate, while airlines will be compelled to hand over passenger lists before flights take off.
New laws will also be considered to prevent terrorists returning to 'wreak havoc' on the streets of Britain by removing their citizenship if they are fighting for ISIS abroad.
The Prime Minister admitted the Government would 'continue to consider' what further action Britain could take against the ISIS fighters in the Middle East - including what 'military measures we might take'.
In the Commons, Mr Cameron was asked directly if he was 'open to the idea of direct military participation in airstrikes'.
He replied: 'I don't rule anything out. I don't think we should.' He added: 'We should consider everything.'
The Islamic State group which has taken over a third of Syria and Iraq has terrorized rivals and civilians alike with widely publicized brutality as it seeks to expand a proto-state it has carved out on both sides of the border.
In its rise to prominence over the past year, the extremist group has frequently published graphic photos and gruesome videos of everything from bombings and beheadings to mass killings.