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CARTELS RECRUITING SOLDIERS?

Troops Hired As Hitmen
By Harold Hutchison

Mexican drug cartels are reportedly hiring American troops to serve as hitmen – often paying as little as $5,000 for a killing. More worrisome, in at least one case, one would-be contract killer discussed stealing weapons.

WOULD A MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT HAVE BEEN BOOTED?

Congressman’s Op-Ed Raises Question As Obama Administration Targets Troops’ Religious Freedom
By Harold Hutchison

A Catholic chaplain who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Korean War could very well be booted out of the military under the rules applied by the Obama Administration.

“In Obama's Army, the Pentagon brass is ordained in the priesthood of political correctness, while devout Christians such as Medal of Honor recipient Emil Kapaun are shunned and ostracized,” Representative Tim Huelskamp.

FORMER CIA DIRECTOR WOOLSEY WARNS OF EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO AMERICA

On July 29th, President Bill Clinton’s former Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey, led a panel discussion on the growing – and perhaps imminent – threat of a natural or nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to the U.S. electric grid and other critical infrastructures that sustain modern civilization and the lives of millions of Americans. The event was sponsored by the newly established EMP Coalition, of which Mr. Woolsey is the Honorary Co-Chair along with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

MANNING CONVICTED OF ESPIONAGE

Could Face Over 100 Years in Prison
By Harold Hutchison

Bradley Manning was convicted by a military judge on five counts of espionage, among other charges, and could face over a 100 years in prison. Manning was acquitted on charges of aiding the enemy.

Manning had earlier plead guilty to 10 counts of misusing classified data, which would have lead to a prison sentence of as much as 20 years. He claimed he had “wanted to start a debate” about American foreign policy by handing hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks.

PENTAGON HARASSED CHARITY

“Operation Bedsheet” Pulls Plug
By Harold Hutchison

A charity that was sending care packages, including clean bedsheets, to the troops was reportedly harassed by the Pentagon until it shut down. Operation Bedsheet started when RoxAnne Christley heard about the need for clean bedsheets to a deployed hospital unit.

Christley’s efforts received coverage from Fox News. Rather than thanking her, however, the Obama Administration instead insisted the charity cease operations. The charity eventually shut down its website after what Christley called “harassment.”

Fox and Friends at 0820 EST Sunday

Jill Stephenson and Michael Yon will be guests on Fox and Friends tomorrow morning.

Jill is the courageous and inspirational mother of Benjamin Kopp, the hero who literally was killed but did not die.  Army Rangers are hard to stop.

WIMPIER AMMO FOR THE TROOPS?

“Green” Ammo Less Capable Than Good Old Lead
By Harold Hutchison

Troops still fighting in Afghanistan may be saddled with less-effective ammo – all in the name of protecting the environment. The round in question is the new 5.56mm round being issued, the M855, called the Enhanced Performance Round.

However, past reports have indicated that officials have known for years that the new rounds, which use copper instead of lead, have “not been providing the ‘stopping power’ the user would like at engagement ranges less than 150 yards.”

Air Force's Censorship of Chaplain's Essay Latest Incident of Religious Hostility

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins expressed serious concerns today after learning that the Air Force had censored a chaplain's inspirational website post, entitled "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave it All in World War II." The phrase, which President Eisenhower made famous in 1954, dates back to the Japanese attack at Corregidor during World War II.

Roll Call Vote on the Amash Amendment


FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 412


(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

NSA DEFUNDING DEFEATED

Amash Amendment Defeated on 217-205 Vote
By Harold Hutchison

An amendment to curtail some NSA surveillance programs was defeated by a 217-205 vote. Sponsored by Representatives Justin Amash (R-MI), the amendment would have halted some of the NSA’s collection of telephone metadata. The vote came on the Defense Appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year, which passed by a 319-105 vote.

The vote on the amendment was split on both sides – 134 Republicans voted against the amendment along with 83 Democrats, while 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans voted for the Amendment.

EGYPTIAN FIGHTER SALE DELAYED

Obama Administration Halts F-16 Delivery
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration is delaying the delivery of F-16C Fighting Falcons to Egypt as violence in that country continues in the wake of Mohammed Morsi’s removal from power. However, a major exercise may proceed as scheduled.

The four fighters were part of a previous sale to Egypt, which receives about $1.3 billion in aid from the United States annually. There is still a debate as to whether the removal of Morsi three weeks ago was technically a coup.

DEADLY CLASH NEAR CAIRO UNIVERSITY

Nine Killed in Violent Protests
By Harold Hutchison

Nine people were killed during violent clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted Egyptian President and opponents of the Islamist organization, with six dying near Cairo University. This puts the death toll at 14 over the last two days.

The clashes occurred near a camp where supporters of Morsi had been staying since the former Egyptian leader was ousted. The Muslim Brotherhood is now urging its supporters to lay siege to the American Embassy.

VENTURA SUIT MOVES FORWARD

Targets Late Sniper Chris Kyle
By Harold Hutchison

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against the late Chris Kyle will be allowed to proceed, a federal judge has ruled. The suit stems from Kyle’s claim in his book, American Sniper, that he decked Ventura after the former governor bad-mouthed Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Kyle, who had over 160 confirmed sniper kills, was killed by a veteran suffering from PTSD at a firing range in February. His widow has been named as a defendant in place of her dead husband.

CHRISTIAN AIRMAN REPRIMANDED FOR QUESTIONING SAME-SEX WEDDING

Targeted for Removal from Service, Wife’s Medical Benefits Cut Off
By Harold Hutchison

An airman who had served for 27 years, and had signed a six-year enlistment renewal was being targeted for departure from the service. Technical Sergeant Layne Wilson had written the chaplain of West Point, protesting a same-sex wedding at the West Point Chapel that he believed was in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act.