Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.
The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.
“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.
Committees in the House and Senate are seeking the emails, which they believe could show Lerner was working in concert with Obama administration officials to target conservative and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status before the 2012 presidential election.
The United Arab Emirates has listed the US based CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) on its national terrorist watch list. The founder and Executive Director of CAIR Nihad Awad expressed confusion over the addition of CAIR to a Nation State’s terrorism list. The addition of CAIR, to a list of terrorist organisations, by the UAR and possibly Jordan as well at the time of writing, as a named terrorist organisation, brings back into focus CAIR’s support of the terrorist identified Holy Land Foundation that, it is alleged, was involved in directly funding terrorist groups. CNN Report & Buzzfeed. Continue reading
Reuters reported that un-named officials from the US State Department had intimated that the November 24 deadline for resolution of the Iranian Nuclear Program had been covertly extended. The scheduled talks between the Iranian regime and representatives from the US; UK;France;Germany;Russia and China, were due to resume Nov 20 in Vienna. The US Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted on a number of occasions that the talks are stalled on major problems of verification and intent and the lack of inspection access to all Iranian nuclear facilities. As Iran ‘drags its heels’ over outstanding issues, the more draconian sanctions against Iran have been eased, as European nations seek first mover advantage in the potentially lucrative but currently moribund Iranian economy. Meanwhile the Iranian ‘mullahs’ edge ever closer to acquiring a deployable nuclear device. By some estimates by early 2015 Iran will be a nuclear power in all but name only, being as little as 2 months away from fabricating a usable warhead. Continue reading
It’s both a dire warning and lesson to the West when it comes to terrorist organizations. According to the United Nations, the dreaded Islamic State, or ISIS has enough weapons now to continue fighting for two years unabated. The ironic twist? Most of these weapons were stolen from Iraq, provided from the United States to fight against such a contingency.
In either case, ISIS has enough small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war for Syria and Iraq for up to two years. Continue reading