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Urge Congress to Defend Religious Freedom!

Congress is back home this month, creating a calm before the storm
set to hit in September when the House and Senate will once again have
to reach a budget deal to avert a government shutdown. Your
representatives should be hitting their district streets right now
looking to hear from you and soliciting input for the upcoming fight.
For people of faith, nothing is more important right now than ensuring
that religious freedoms are protected in any "must pass" legislation,
such as a Continuing Resolution ("CR") or omnibus spending bill for
fiscal year 2014.

PHILIPPINES SEEK MORE U.S. TROOPS

Increased Visits Sought in Face of ChiCom Push
By Harold Hutchison

The Philippines are opening talks with the United States to increase visits by American military forces to the country. Prior to 1991, American forces had bases in that country, notably Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Base.

F-35B at Miramar

Video by 3rd Marine Air Wing

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.”

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.