Jeryl Bier Articles


Obama Adminstration's Latest Anti-Terror Message: The ABC's of ISIS

8:15 AM, Dec 08, 2015

At least since President Obama referred to the Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh) as a "JV" team, his administration has been criticized for approaching the rapidly expanding terror organization with a lack of seriousness. Especially in light of last week's San Bernardino slaughter, the State Department's latest Twitter campaign, "The ABC's of Daesh" will do little to convince doubters that the president's approach has changed.

The campaign appears on the State Department's "Think Again, Turn Away" Twitter account, an account aimed at those who might be inclined to join terror organizations.

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Soldier Killed During Iraq Hostage Rescue; Pentagon Insists U.S. Does 'Not Have Boots on the Ground'

7:28 AM, Oct 26, 2015

The Pentagon Friday announced the death of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, a soldier who had been serving in Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. He died of wounds received during a hostage rescue mission.

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Kerry: 'Supreme Ayatollah Formally Embraced' Iran Deal

7:04 AM, Oct 22, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Wednesday at a Department of Energy event at the U.S. Navy Heritage Center in Washington, D.C., where he noted the official implementation of the nuclear deal reached with Iran this summer.

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Planet Still Standing 500 Days After French Foreign Minister Warned of 'Climate Chaos'

7:08 AM, Sep 29, 2015

In May 2014, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius declared during a joint appearance with Secretary of State John Kerry that "we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos." Late last week, time ran out. Fabius's original remarks were as follows:

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TSA: A Record 67 Firearms Found in Carry-on Bags Week of 9/11

1:49 PM, Sep 21, 2015

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confiscated a record 67 firearms located in passengers' carry-on baggage during the week of September 11, 2015. On September 11 alone, ten guns were found. Out of the 67 firearms found during the week, 56 were loaded and 26 actually had a round chambered, ready to fire. (The TSA did not note the position of safety catches on the weapons.)

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Three ISIS Drones Have Been Destroyed in Iraq, Syria

6:29 AM, Sep 18, 2015

The latest official report of a drone in the possession of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is tucked in an August 3rd press release from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the overseers of the air campaign in Syria and Iraq against the terrorist organization. 

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State Department Ignores Rosh Hashanah, Other Jewish Holidays

1:19 PM, Sep 16, 2015

Secretary Kerry passed up the opportunity this week to recognize one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah.

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General: 'We Don’t Truly Understand' Russia's Plans in Syria

7:01 AM, Sep 14, 2015

Weekend remarks concerning Russia's current activities in Syria by Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's supreme allied commander, are far from reassuring. Speaking to reporters after NATO's Military Committee Conference in Istanbul on Saturday, Breedlove acknowledged, "We don’t truly understand yet what it is that Russia is going to do in Syria." He went on to say:

We have heard everything from humanitarian operations to combat operations, so it remains to be seen what this will be in the end," Breedlove said. "What we are most concerned about is any operations that would continue to support the Assad Read more

Hillary Clinton Tweets: 'Stand With Hillary & Overturn Planned Parenthood'

6:33 AM, Sep 11, 2015

In a tweet calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Hillary Clinton inadvertently invited supporters to "Stand with Hillary and overturn Planned Parenthood." While the main part of the tweet (archived 

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Paranoid Hillary: 'Why Does Stuff Like This Stalk Us?'

1:26 PM, Sep 10, 2015

In the 1990s, Hillary Clinton famously accused a "vast right-wing conspiracy" of trying to bring down her husband, President Bill Clinton. Emails from Mrs. Clinton's tenure as secretary of state demonstrate that the specter of a conspiracy of some sort continued to haunt her years later.

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White House Inadvertently Posts Details of President Obama's Travel Schedule on Website

7:12 AM, Sep 08, 2015

Details of President Obama's travel to Warren, Michigan this Wednesday intended only for the press are revealed in an apparent inadvertent posting of a media advisory on the White House website over the weekend.

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White House Staffer Resigns After Assault Charges; Media Yawn

7:52 AM, Sep 03, 2015

On Wednesday, according to a report by WJLA in Washington, "Barvetta Singletary, a White House staffer, resigned today following assault charges." This dramatic news, however, received scant coverage in the major media.

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Hillary Flashback: 'Classified and Confidential Work Can’t Be Outsourced ... to Telework'

6:47 AM, Sep 02, 2015

Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finds herself under growing scrutiny over the classified contents of dozens of emails (perhaps hundreds once the State Department finishes releasing them all) she sent and received as head of the State Department. As it turns out, Mrs. Clinton could have avoided this pitfall by following her own guidance while she was still in office.

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StemExpress Website Drops References to 'Financial Profits' for Tissue Harvesting

7:00 AM, Aug 31, 2015

StemExpress is the bio-medical company featured in a number of the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in connection with its Planned Parenthood exposé on fetal organ and tissue harvesting. StemExpress made several changes to its website last week, some cosmetic but others more substantial.

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Democrats Launch Attack on Crisis Pregnancy Centers

6:45 AM, Aug 28, 2015

In apparent retaliation for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's statements critical of Planned Parenthood, the Democratic party has launched an attack on crisis pregnancy centers.

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Update: $1.3M for Four Hotels for President Obama's Ethiopia Trip

12:34 PM, Aug 27, 2015

President Obama spent two days in Ethiopia on his recent four-day trip to Africa. To house the president and his entourage during their stay, the government required four hotels costing over $1.3 million. 

 

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National Archives Website Hacked; Selling Handbags, Shoes, Watches

12:41 PM, Aug 26, 2015

Advertisements in Japanese for handbagsbackpacksrunning shoes, and more began showing up on the website of the U.S. National Archives this week. Hackers managed to compromise a subdomain of the site, eisenhower.archives.gov. Below are screen captures of just two of the unauthorized pages:

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Hillary Clinton in 2011: 'Hackers Break Into ... Personal Email Accounts'

6:57 AM, Aug 24, 2015

Since news broke of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, Mrs. Clinton and her campaign have sought to downplay the significance of using non-government equipment to conduct electronic correspondence as the nation's top diplomat.

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Latest Item in Clinton's Campaign Store: An 'H' Cookie Cutter

6:22 AM, Aug 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton may be looking to tweak her opposition, or perhaps just to turn the page on her infamous 1992 campaign comment, "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas" with the latest item for sale in her campaign store. A cookie cutter in the shape of Mrs.

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Update: Cost of Hotels for President Obama's Ethiopia Stay Likely Tops $1 Million

6:45 AM, Aug 18, 2015

Last week, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported on a $412,000 contract for 1,280 sleeping room nights at the 

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Government Websites Vulnerable to Phishing Scams

8:43 AM, Aug 17, 2015

The websites of several federal government agencies, including the National Weather Service (NWS), are unprotected from scammers looking to exploit a security weakness to fool potential victims. The sites in question allow what are known as "unvalidated redirects." An unvalidated redirect is a link to an external website that appears to be sanctioned by the sending website, but in reality can be created by anyone, including scammers and identity thieves.

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Hotel for President Obama's Ethiopia Visit Cost $412K

1:37 PM, Aug 14, 2015

President Obama visited Kenya and Ethiopia during his recent trip to Africa, and the hotel bill for the president and his entourage totaled approximately $412,390.86 for the Ethiopia stay alone.

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Old Fashioned Crime: One-Quarter of Federal 'Security Incidents' are Non-Cyber

12:18 PM, Aug 12, 2015

While cyber security incidents and computer system breaches such as the recent Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack grab the headlines, a recent government reports shows that more mundane non-cyber incidents have skyrocketed as well.

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Feds Seek Dance, Poetry, Art, Music Therapy For Parolees

10:15 AM, Aug 12, 2015

The federal agency that oversees individuals on probation, parole or supervised release in Washington, D.C., is looking to expand options for "counseling and behavioral interventions" for offenders under its charge.

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Had Unprotected Sex? Planned Parenthood Will Pay You $70--And You Could Win $500!

1:19 PM, Aug 10, 2015

Although Planned Parenthood's most recent controversy revolves around "fetal tissue" trafficking, the organization is no stranger to eyebrow-raising activities. A recent solicitation for participants for Planned Parenthood's Sexual Health Evaluation (SHE) study promised at least $70 with a chance to win up to $500.

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Feds Spend $7,540 for Cell Phones For President Obama's Trip to Ethiopia

6:59 AM, Aug 10, 2015

When the president of the United States travels, the White House and the Secret Service bring along a tremendous amount of communications equipment. Not only does the Secret Service set up a command post to coordinate communications for the visits, but secure connections are also needed for the president to keep in touch with Washington and the military around the world in case of emergencies.

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