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SUMMIT CALLED OFF

Obama Retaliates After Snowden Given Asylum
By Harold Hutchison

Barack Obama has cancelled a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s grant of asylum to self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden. This comes as Obama is stepping up criticism of Russia.

“We'll still work with Russia on issues where we can find common ground, but it was the unanimous view of the president and his national security team that a summit did not make sense in the current environment,” deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said.

YET MORE PC HITS DOD

Chaplain’s Assistant Targeted for Personal Facebook Post
By Harold Hutchison

An Army chaplain’s assistant has been threatened with a reduction in rank over a Facebook post on her personal page. The Soldier, an evangelical Christian, has been serving for six years.

JAPAN UNVEILS NEW CARRIER

“Izumo” Largest Warship Since 1945
By Harold Hutchison

Japan is launching its largest warship since the end of World War II – and it looks a lot like a new aircraft carrier. The Izumo is the newest, most powerful “helicopter destroyer” to enter service with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The Izumo class is a follow-on to the Hyuga-class helicopter destroyers, which also look like small aircraft carriers. The Izumos displace about 6,000 tons more than the Hyuga-class, which come in at 13,500 tons.

MV-22 Osprey Functional Check Flight

Video by MCAS Iwakuni

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.”