Don’t Sequester Me, Bro | Unfilter 39

Don’t Sequester Me, Bro | Unfilter 39

Washington stumbles into another manufactured crisis, and regardless of what happens, we’ll tell you why the big fight is coming at the end of March.

Aggressive and successful tactics from the UK to strip away civil rights are being spearheaded in the US by some prominent officials, and a little help from FOX News. We’ll break down what those of us on both sides of the pond need to know.

The Senate approves Chuck Hagel for Defense secretary after a historic seven week process, we’ll reflect on that process and the immediate work ahead for Hagel.

Plus we peek inside the mind of a Drone industry lobbyist, cover your feedback, and much much more. On this week’s episode of… Unfilter.

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— Show Notes —

Henry Jackson Society releases report on Al-Qaeda Terrorism in the US

The report, entitled Al-Qaeda in the United States: A Complete Analysis of Terrorism Offenses is a 700-page publication by Henry Jackson Society Research Fellow Robin Simcox, featuring a foreword by General Hayden. The report provides a full analysis of all those convicted of al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda-inspired terrorism in U.S. courts (federal and military) or who committed suicide attacks on U.S. soil between 1997 and 2011.

Similar reports from the Henry Jackson Society focused on the U.K. have been used by the British government in formulating national counterterrorism and counter-radicalization strategy.

3 Year Case Against Ex-Blackwater Officials Ends

The federal government\’s three-year prosecution of five former officials of [Blackwater Worldwide][0] virtually collapsed on Thursday after charges against three of the officials were dismissed and the other two agreed to plead guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges with no jail time.

Judge Louise W. Flanagan of Federal District Court in North Carolina dismissed all charges against two of the officials, Andrew Howell,Blackwater’s former general counsel, and Ana Bundy, a former vice president; prosecutors agreed to drop charges against a third, Ronald Slezak, a former weapons manager. The two other officials, Gary Jackson, a former president of Blackwater, and William Matthews, a former executive vice president, agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to records keeping. They will each receive three years of probation and four months of home confinement, and pay fines of $5,000.

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Iran Says Nuclear Talks Resume After 8 Months

As the talks ended Wednesday in the Kazakh city of Almaty, Iran\’s top negotiator Saeed Jalili described the latest proposal by the six powers as \”positive,\” saying it is \”more realistic\” than previous ones. He did not say how Iran will respond to the offer by the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

P5+1 Talks

The P5+1 is a group of countries which in 2006 joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran in regard to its nuclear program. The term refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, namely China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. P5+1 is sometimes referred to as the E3+3 by European countries.

Hagel Takes Helm at Pentagon

The Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama\’s new secretary of defense on Tuesday, after an unusually acrimonious confirmation fight that threatened to complicate his work as civilian leader at the Pentagon.

Over-hyped Sequester

It turns out the dollars-and-cents impact this year is not nearly what officials have been claiming. While officials typically say the cuts this year add up to $85 billion, the Congressional Budget Office estimates actual spending will only fall by $44 billion this year.

The $85 billion figure refers to \”budget authority\” — or what the government can allocate this year, but actually spend over several years. So the cuts this year are roughly half what officials have been claiming; further, the brunt of the impact is not expected to be felt for another month, or more.

More to Come:

Drone lobbyist makes shocking comment about \’indiscriminate killing\’ policy

Last Thursday during a Washington State House Committee hearing over new drone legislation, shocking comments were made from a drone lobbyist in attendance.


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