The bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West
Bank earlier this month have been found north-west of the city of
Hebron, Israeli officials confirmed today.
The discovery of the bodies drew a strong rebuke from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"With heavy grief, this evening we found three bodies. All signs
indicate that they are the bodies of our three abducted youths –- Eyal
Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel," Netanyahu said before the
start of an emergency cabinet meeting.
"They were abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals. On
behalf of the entire Jewish people, I would like to tell the dear
families –- the mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and
brothers and sisters –- we are deeply saddened, the entire nation weeps
with you. We will give the boys a proper burial."
Then the prime minister quoted Israeli poet Hayim Nahman Bialik.
"'Vengeance for the blood of a small child,
Satan has not yet created,'" he said. "[N]either has vengeance for the
blood of three pure youths, who were on their way home to meet their
parents, who will not see them anymore. Hamas is responsible –- and
Hamas will pay. May the memories of the three boys be blessed."
The Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement earlier today that the
"bodies are currently going through forensic identification. The
families of the abducted teens have been notified."
Hamas, the Palestinian militant group accused by Israel of taking the
boys, has denied kidnapping the teens, though senior Israeli and
Palestinian officials agree that the abductors were likely tied to -- or
part of -- Hamas but operating without orders from the organization's
One of the teens, 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, had dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and his family is from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Israeli forces have conducted raids in the West Bank in the search for
the teens and their kidnappers since they were abducted on June 12.
Since the search started, more than 240 Palestinians have been arrested
in the operation dubbed "Brother's Keeper," the army said.
PHOTO: Eyal Ylfrah, Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha'er, are seen in these undated photos.
There are reports that Israeli soldiers have already been deployed in
Hebron, and Israeli TV stations earlier showed pictures of soldiers
searching through rubble and military vehicles moving through the
village of Halhul, just north of Hebron.
At the end of a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest
was asked about the report of the deaths, news of which broke in the
middle of the briefing.
“We obviously condemn in the strongest possible term, violence that
takes the lives of innocent civilians,” he said. “But I don’t want to
react any further without having a chance to take a look at that report
The State Department briefing began about 20 minutes after news broke of the Israeli teenagers’ bodies being found.
Spokesperson Jen Psaki urged "continued security cooperation” between
the Israelis and Palestinians, despite "the tragedy and the enormous
pain on the ground as a result."
She would not speculate on how the U.S. interaction with the new
Palestinian unity government might change in light of this news.
ABC News' Ali Weinberg contributed to this report.
BREAKING NEWS...The SCOTUS rules 5 to 4 in FAVOR of Hobby Lobby...I repeat the SCOTUS
has ruled in FAVOR of Hobby Lobby!!! The SCOTUS also ruled in-home caretakers do NOT...I repeat NOT...have to join
unions or pay dues to unions they do NOT belong to.
Justice Alito wrote both decision.
We scored two today...things are
starting to change folks...they are finally starting to change!
Is the key to the IRS scandal hiding in Russia...part
3 of 3
By: Diane Sori and Craig Andresen
As more testimony is given in the IRS scandal it's becoming obvious
that the missing e-mails could very well be the key to collapsing the
entire Obama administration, but it first must be understood that the
IRS e-mails were NOT being secured because the IRS did NOT want them to
And why...because e-mail messages are considered official documents
and can be offered as evidence in court and therefore can be legally
binding...especially e-mails regarding the transaction of official
business...of IRS business.
Now what everyone needs to understand is how the IRS...a mega-agency
that according to government records spent more than $4 billion on
contracts labeled 'information technology and software' over the last
five years...yet according to last week's testimony by IRS Commissioner John
Koskinen himself...the IRS had NO funds with which to save and store
e-mails due to budgetary constraints...due to “declining budget resources”...that he claimed prevented the agency from spending the $10 million
needed to save and store e-mails...basically to upgrade their system
from having to use tape for backups, from having to use hard-drives
instead of servers to store information, and from only having the
capacity to hold information garnered for six months.
Now ain't that a kick as 'We the People' are told to store our
records for a minimum of seven years yet the very agency telling us to
do just that only stores their information for six months...talk about
the epitome of hypocrisy.
Excuse me but with $4 billion dollars having been spent over five
years...and what a coincidence that such extravagant spending occurred
during the exact time frame that Barack HUSSEIN Obama has been in
office...that $10 million could NOT have been put aside from their $4
billion spending spree for such an important endeavor as securing
critical interdepartmental e-mails. Of course it couldn't and for very
good reason as those e-mails (we believe) were NEVER intended to be saved because to
save them would possibly risk exposing...if they fell into the wrong
hands...hands like those of Edward Snowden...the truth about an
administration and about a traitor of a president run amok.
NO...that could NOT be risked so all e-mails of critical importance
that tied Obama in any way into the IRS scandal...especially those between Lois Lerner and Obama himself..had to go
'poof' either by using the cooked up phony crashed computer story or
by someone simply hand destroying the hard-drives themselves.
But the question remains where was $4 billion of our taxpayer
dollars spent if it was NOT spent on securing and protecting these
critical computers and the important information they housed...well let
me tell you and it will NOT make you, the reader, happy at all. First,
between 2010 and 2012...covering most of the time frame of the missing
e-mails...some $50 million of that $4 billion was spent by the IRS on
220 conference trips...with $38 million of that in 2010 alone. And if
you break that $50 million down into more easily recognizable and manageable numbers that comes out to
$227,272.72 being spent on each conference trip. And this includes our
tax dollars being spent on...actually wasted on...$3,500 per night hotel
rooms, promotional materials, paintings, and other frivolities all
while our economy was tanking, many were without jobs or health
insurance, and some even without a roof over their heads.
Now let's look at one conference in particular...a conference approved by then IRS Deputy Commissioner Mark Ernst (who left the IRS in 2010), and then Commissioner Steve Miller... one of many conferences where our
taxpayer dollars were spent on IRS hierarchy having a grand old time
instead of having those monies spent on securing and upgrading IRS
computers. In 2010, with the IRS already engaged in the targeting
of TEA Party and Conservative groups seeking 501(c)(3) status, they had
the audacity to spend $4.1 million for its entire management staff to
attend the Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division Conference,
called 'Leading into the Future,' held in Anaheim, California...a conference where none of those attending were required to document their attendance at the supposedly important training sessions.
where exactly did the money for this conference come from...according to
SB/SE Division management, they were allocated $132.7 million in the
IRS's FY 2010 budget to hire 1,315 full-time employees, and the
conference was paid for with what they called "leftover money" as they
did NOT hire all the employees they could have hired...all the Americans they could have put back to work.
However, a complaint about this conference's cost was filed, and
after conducting a thorough investigation the Treasury Department's then Inspector
General for Tax Administration Steve Miller (who was forced to resign amid revelations that the IRS targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny and who was replaced by Daniel Werfel who was then replaced by John Koskinen) concluded that the IRS did indeed spend excessive
sums of money on what they deemed to be "questionable expenses" during
And "questionable expenses" they were with some of the 2,600
attendees receiving high-priced baseball tickets and stays in
'presidential' hotel suites that normally cost $1,500 to $3,500 per
night. And the 15 non-IRS speakers at the conference were paid a total
of $135,000 in fees, with artist Erik Wahl being paid $17,000 to talk about
what was called "leadership through art"... like art has anything to do with IRS
business...and another $11,430 being paid for so-called 'positive psychology' guru Shawn Achor...referred to as a 'happiness expert'...to lead a 90-minute workshop. I guess the only one made happy by that expenditure was Achor himself because I know 'We the People' sure ain't happy about our hard-earned tax payer dollars being spent on such nonsense.
Also, at this conference was shown two now infamous
videos...the 5 minute and 40 second 'Star Trek' video that consisted of
a scripted presentation featuring SB/SE Division managers portraying
Star Trek characters in a 'supposed' tax-themed parody that SB/SE Division upper-level
executives claimed was used to open the conference by highlighting
"current issues facing the IRS and SB/SE [Division] in the leadership
arena and set the stage for the many topics being covered at the
conference," and the other called the 'SB/SE Cupid Shuffle' where IRS managers
were seen dancing on a stage. And the cost to make these two
videos...over $50,100 of our taxpayer dollars spent on pure
unadulterated nonsense that had NOTHING really to do with the IRS or the
actual business being conducted at the conference.
But the most egregious aspect of this most egregious of conferences...besides the
$35,800 spent on three planning trips before the conference...remains
the fact that about $3.2 million of the $4.1 million spent (actually spending when all was said and done $4,297,285 but the IRS could NEVER account for the additional $1 million plus spent) did indeed
come from the unused funds that had been allocated for hiring...meaning
instead of creating all the jobs the monies had been allocated for...instead
of putting Americans back to work...the IRS spent that which they called "leftover money" on themselves...as in to party hardy on our taxpayer
dime and 'We the People' be damned.
So now we have a 'perfect storm' brewing between an arrogant
government agency who thinks they're untouchable...sounds a bit like the
'anointed one' doesn't it...and a gutless Congress who holds hearing after hearing to get to the bottom of what should be in-your-face
obvious and who in the end will most likely do NOT a thing...thus
leaving it up to the likes of Edward Snowden or others like him to do what needs to be done...that is find and release the missing e-mails for all to
see...for all to realize that they've been duped by the man who would be king.
Now that we have shown, beyond ANY reasonable doubt that a lack of funding was not responsible for not having the sort of computers or retention services necessary to minimize hard drive failures and properly store emails and documents at the IRS, as Commissioner Koskinen fraudulently claimed in hearings last week, it’s time to take a hard and fast look at the probabilities OF having 7 key hard drive crashes such as those that supposedly wiped out the subpoenaed documents.
Professor Ken Homa at Georgetown University looked into this and what he discovered is stunning.
According to BackBlaze, an IT group that tests hard drives, tens of thousands of them at a time by keeping them running 24/7/365 until they crash…of average consumer grade hard drives, about 4perent fail annually. Only 4 percent. Of the LOWEST grade hard drives available, the failure rate is about 25 percent annually.
During the hearings last week, Congressman Massie of Kentucky challenged Koskinen as to how many computers are used in the IRS and how many hard drives crashed.
According to Koskinen…90,000 employees suffer about 2000 hard drive crashes per year which points to the 4-5 percent category and NOT the 25 percent group of lowest rated hard drives available so…and hold onto your seats…by using a factor of 7 because of the 7 key hard drives...the odds of them failing all at the same time are...
Well, let’s put it this way…the odds are better that you will be struck and killed by lightning (1 in 2,320,000) than you becoming a saint recognized by the Catholic church (1 in 20 million) and yet we are asked to believe that 7 key people of interest in the IRS targeting scandal all had their emails wiped out when their individual hard drives crashed…all just days after first being notified that house committees were interested in LOOKING at those emails when the odds against that VERY thing are…a staggering 6 BILLION to 1.
To put this another way…while the odds of such a 7-way hard drive crash at the IRS is 1 in 6 billion…YOUR odds of being audited are about 1 in 104 and while the IRS only keeps THEIR crucial information for 6 months, you had damn well better have the last 7 YEARS of yours.
It’s clear that these 7 key hard drives didn’t just up and fail but, to wrap all this up…exactly to whom did these 7 hard drives belong?
Agent Julie Chen, IRS ID number 31261 an Exempt Organizations Official in the Cincinnati office.
Agent Nancy Heagney, IRS ID number 31306…another Exempt Organizations Official from the Cincinnati office who worked under Lois Lerner.
Both Chen and Heagney would be considered small fish and likely the “couple of rogue agents” cited by Obama in the early days of this breaking scandal…those he would gladly throw under the bus in order to stay above the fray himself but, the fish get bigger.
Supervisory Agent Tyler Chumney, IRS ID number 31321 who, like Heagney and Chen operated out of the Cincinnati office and likely the supervisor to whom Heagney and Chen reported.
Then, there’s Agent Kimberly Kitchens, IRS ID number 31457 who, along with the previous three, worked in Cincinnati and Kitchens was also a donor to Obama’s 2012 campaign.
What we can take from the information on these IRS employees is that the spate of computer crashes were not confined to, as we have been led to believe, the DC office but also took place in Cincinnati meaning that the odds of these 7 hard drive crashes occurring in 2 separate offices to the exact 7 key people whose emails had just been drawn into question just went from 1 in 6 billion to something substantially more improbable.
Every scandal complete with a cover up needs someone to handle PR and feed the media only what propaganda is deemed suitable and the IRS targeting scandal seems to have had their own, built-in control for just such an occasion…IRS National Media Relations Chief Michelle Eldridge, the woman who took the IRS through the media gauntlet after IRS whistle blowers were targeted by the agency AND from allegations leveled by none other than CHUCK GRASLEY when the IRS leaked confidential info on Conservatives to the LIBERAL nonprofit organization, ProPublica.
And, it gets even more interesting when one considers that Eldridge met with Joe Biden, in the White House, on March 22nd 2010…about the time the targeting scandal started.
Want one more?
How about Former Chief of Staff to IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, one Agent Nikole Flax who also worked for Lois Lerner in the Exempt Organization division. Yes, that’s the exact same Nikole Flax whose name appears on the WHITE HOUSE VISITOR LOGS a surprising 31 times between... July 12th, 2010 and…May 10th, 2013…exactly 3 days before the targeting scandal went public last year.
Still not convinced that this targeting scandal goes all the way to the Oval Office?
You may not be familiar with the name Jeanne Lambrew but she met with Flax TWICE, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next door to the West Wing of the White House where the offices for White House staff are housed and Jeane Lambrew, a top aide to Barack Hussein Obama did in fact, act as a conduit for confidential info on Conservative groups with…Lois Lerner.
It’s now time to connect the dots by asking a few pertinent questions.
What are the chances that all six of the IRS agents and executives named above along with Lois Lerner had their hard drives crash, in concert just days after first being asked to turn over their emails?
Well…as we now know…the chances are 1 in 6 billion.
Why would a top aide to Obama, one we know acted as an agent in exchanging confidential information regarding Conservative groups during the IRS targeting scandal, be meeting with the former Chief of Staff to the IRS Commissioner who also worked for Lois Lerner during the targeting scandal if Obama himself wasn’t intimately involved?
If Obama isn’t intimately involved, there would be no reasonable explanation for the Flax and Lambrew meetings.
Along with the criminal activities exposed here in this 3 part series, the IRS has also violated privacy laws by leaking confidential information on American citizens to the FBI, obstructed house and senate investigations, and Lois Lerner has been found to be in contempt while current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen may well have committed perjury during his testimony last week.
Given all of this and what is undoubtedly yet to come, is there any reasonable reason to believe that the IRS can or should be trusted as the enforcement arm of Obamacare?
Simple answer…no way in hell.
Given what we have presented in this 3 part series, can anyone reasonably believe that Obama didn’t know of the IRS targeting of Conservative groups until he heard about it in the media?
Can ANYONE reasonably believe THIS statement from Obama on the day the IRS targeting scandal broke…May 13th, 2013: "If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on, and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. And there's no place for it. And they have to be held fully accountable. Because the IRS as an independent agency, requires absolute integrity and people have to have confidence that they're applying it in a nonpartisan way. Applying the laws in a nonpartisan way. And you should feel that way regardless of party. I don't care whether you're a Democrat, Independent or a Republican."
Can anyone now reasonably doubt that Obama was launching a preemptive strike against what he knew would be breaking news regarding the IRS targeting scandal just one week earlier when he told graduates:
Edmund Burke said: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent,” and given the long and growing list of abuses of power, contempt, high crimes and misdemeanors and treason committed over the past 5 ½ years…tyranny is not “lurking around the corner…” it is personified by Obama’s insistence that “people of good conscience remain silent.”
Can ANY credibility be assigned to Obama's response to a question regarding the possibility of corruption or mass corruption at play in the IRS targeting scandal when he said: “Not even mass corruption -- not even a smidgen of corruption?"
A whole hell of a lot less than 1 in 6 billion…and if the names Lois Lerner, Nikole Flax, Nancy Heagney, Julie Chen, Tyler Chumney, Kimberly Kitchens or Michelle Eldridge just happen to appear on the Ed Snowden leaked, soon to be published full list of all Americans upon whom the NSA was spying…the odds against Snowden having copies of those incriminating emails drops significantly.
Obviously, the targeting scandal was not just a couple of rogue agents in the Cincinnati office, it was a rogue agency operating above the law and we believe at the personal direction of Barack Hussein Obama for his political gain and to seek political revenge on his behalf. This is a Constitutional Republic not a dictatorship. We are a nation of laws and when government agencies, our highest elected officials and government as a whole are allowed to operate outside and above the law there can be no reasonable expectation that the people of the nation should act within or abide by the law.