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May 8, 2014 - 7:37 am

Josh Rogin reports at the Daily Beast that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a terrible call on Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram. That group is reported to have kidnapped over 200 young girls, and is now threatening to sell them into slavery.

Overnight, the group launched a violent attack that left as many as 310 dead. Its very name — Boko Haram — means “western education is sinful.” It’s linked to al Qaeda.

Back in 2011, several agencies within the US government wanted to slap the terrorist label on Boko Haram. Those agencies lobbied to put Boko Haram on the US State Department’s official list of terrorist groups. Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time, and she refused to label Boko Haram a terrorist group, despite pleading from others within the Obama administration.

What Clinton didn’t mention [in her May 4 tweet highlighting the mass kidnapping] was that her own State Department refused to place Boko Haram on the list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, after the group bombed the U.N. headquarters in Abuja. The refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and over a dozen senators and congressmen.

“The one thing she could have done, the one tool she had at her disposal, she didn’t use. And nobody can say she wasn’t urged to do it. It’s gross hypocrisy,” said a former senior U.S. official who was involved in the debate. “The FBI, the CIA, and the Justice Department really wanted Boko Haram designated, they wanted the authorities that would provide to go after them, and they voiced that repeatedly to elected officials.”

In May 2012, then-Justice Department official Lisa Monaco (now at the White House) wrote to the State Department to urge Clinton to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. The following month, Gen. Carter Ham, the chief of U.S. Africa Command, said that Boko Haram “are likely sharing funds, training, and explosive materials” with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. And yet, Hillary Clinton’s State Department still declined to place Boko Haram on its official terrorist roster.

Boko Haram was not added to the terrorist list until Clinton departed the State Department and John Kerry replaced her.

Had Hillary placed Boko Haram on her department’s terrorist list, the US government could have cut off some funds to the group. The US government could also have stigmatized and isolated the group. It could have started cracking down on anyone associated with it outside of Nigeria. Clinton’s refusal to call Boko Haram a terrorist group kept American law enforcement from going after Boko Haram for more than two years, while it was building up strength and terrorizing Nigeria.

On May 4, Hillary Clinton tweeted about the plight of the captured girls. But the fact is, her own decisions paved the way for Boko Haram to be in a position to kidnap those girls in the first place. US law enforcement lost a crucial two years to fight Boko Haram, thanks directly to Hillary Clinton’s management of the State Department.

One question is, did Clinton refuse to designate Boko Haram a terrorist group to help build the Obama campaign’s “al Qaeda is decimated/on the run” line that it used in the 2012 election?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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How many more stories like this do we need to see before it's common knowledge - that our government, at the highest levels, has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood? Is it really that hard to see? It's hard to accept, sure, but is it hard to see?
It's Qatar - Qatar is the main problem. If I sound like a broken record, I'm sorry. But it's TRUE and somebody should start writing about that terrorist hellhole regularly. They were the same cretins behind 9/11, you know...

http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/05/mullah-gore-and-the-benghazi-cover-up/
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Many of us think that the Clintons and Obamas are shrewd but with a different set of values than us.

I've come to believe that these people and their supporters are simply mind-bogglingly callow and stupid.
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Or did she refuse to list Boko Haram because Huma Abedin advised her not to?
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I don't really think the Clintons and/or Obamas are shrewd....I just think the rest of us are stupid and far too easily skewed by words of others.
24 weeks ago
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Hillary Clinton Had the Chance to Make Life Difficult for Boko Haram. Guess What She Did.
What Bill did for Osama?
24 weeks ago
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I don't believe that Hillary Clinton is going to run for president in 2016 but I know there are many who do. This article about Hillary's failure to put Boko Haram on the terrorist list is just another nail in her coffin; her chances for winning not to mention just running are falling faster and faster into an abyss and she is unable to stop it. Benghazi investigation is now going forward with a tough as nails prosecutor heading the committee. The information/truth that will come out of that committee will certainly be devastating to Hillary. She was the Secretary of State at the time; she knew that the delegation at Benghazi had requested additional security and she declined to provide it. Then she lied about some stupid documentary being the flashpoint of the attack, calling it a "spontaneous demonstration". Oh really Hillary? So when do spontaneous demonstrators show up with automatic weapons, artillery, mortars, RPG's APC's and who knows what. Hillary is a repulsive reptile who does not hesitate to lie if it furthers her cause.
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Hillary's personal assistant was and is a Saudi-American woman named Huma Abedin. Ms Abedin is the daughter of a Muslin Brotherhood father and Muslim Sisterhood mother. Prior to being hired by Hillary, Ms. Abedin worked for an American association run by Muslim Brotherhood.

Ms. Abedin has access to papers of Mrs. Clinton as well as meetings and conferences. Most historians consider the Islamic uprisings and violent jihad against non-Muslims of the last 80 years to be part of the plan of the Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian founder.

So who is surprised that Hillary sympathized with Boko Haram?

25 weeks ago
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Huma's presence is a reminder that they can take out anyone. Why do you think the entire ruling elite and their lackies won't say boo against them? What good is power if you are dead?
24 weeks ago
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The Hillary Clinton is propelled by Political Expediency, not accomplishment.

Such a “career” depends upon an endless string of Phony Achievements and rigged “victories” in a fixed-narrative battle of Media Designated good-guys…

Political correctness is both their armor AND their straight jacket… They do know their positions will generally result in actual, real-world failure on most fronts, but they also know they will never face any criticism for such…. the price for that immunity is only that they cannot leave the camp.

And why would they? A more Lucrative House of Mirrors exists nowhere else, just provide the right Lip Service to the correct Talking Points (and tons of taxpayers funds) and your Enablers will facilitate your further advancement.

As such, the only REAL skill-sets people on The Left like Hillary ever develop are Treachery, Obfuscation, and Denial, Denial, Denial whenever Thinking People dare ask Real Questions.

Hillary KNEW Boko Haram was a Terrorist Outfit…What sane person could possibly not?

But of course she could never acknowledge that in any Official Capacity…. Islamic Terror is SPREADING ON HER WATCH….in the enlightened age of Obama?

Impossible.

And what would Huma And Hamas DO after investing so much CASH into her various Campaigns …. Let her actually acknowledge the followers of Mohammad are indeed evil and barbaric everywhere they appear?

When CAIR and Major Hassan and The Boston Bombers, and every other Muslim Terrorist caught plottinghere has ALREADY received all the required sensitivities, preferential treatment and/or outright censorship?

Inconceivable.

Why, that would mean that ISRAEL IS RIGHT, and we all know how much Western Diplomats need THAT Perpetual, Compliant Punching Bag to blame for all the sins of that part of the world….

No, no, no, The Left has far too much at stake defending The Narrative.

It PAYS for their opulent lifestyle, and PAVES their way through the corridors of power. How dare anyone have the ‘audacity of hope” to think she will play straight NOW, after selling her soul to Mr. Bill in exchange for a Senate Seat?

So, the story will be that Boko Haram does not exist..
Or, that it did NOT exist in its *current* form, when she was at State.

Yeah, it was "hijacked"...thats right...by "extremists", see?

Obfuscation, splitting hairs, lies.. She will get a free pass from the media no matter what comes out, so “at this point what difference does it make?”

My God, the Hatred Republicans have for Women*
*registered trademark of the DNC

25 weeks ago
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this MB 1991 Document for infiltrating Anerican govt.
And institutions was uncovered by the FBI and is
Being carried out today with the help of the
Obama administration. America is in serious trouble:
http://www.investigativeproject.org/document/id/20
25 weeks ago
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Perhaps the administration's reluctance to deisgnate BH is tied to moveon.org's deamand that it not do so.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/reject-terrorist-designation
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"Had Hillary placed Boko Haram on her department’s terrorist list, the US government could have cut off some funds to the group."

Could have? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot...we are sending funds to these clowns?
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No. Designating a group as a terrorist group means that Americans cannot give them money nor can an American bank be used to transfer funds. And, it freezes accounts held in American banks.
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Gwen Ifil was sent out earlier in the week to get the heat off Hillary and Obama over Benghazi.... Shaming the media into focusing on the kidnapped Nigerian girls instead of listening to those mean old white Republicans carry on about dead ambassadors would have been brilliant.

I'm curious who forgot that Boko Haram was a Hillary bomb that no one had even been discussing? The PR incompetence is mind boggling!
25 weeks ago
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Feminist News Daily: "Send someone to rescue those diplomats in Benghazi before it's too late! Time is running out! Kinda like when we have our Sadie Hawkins Day office party."
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This was not the first time Clinton and her boss were reluctant to act against terrorists. It took almost four years, and the steady haranguing by Sen. Diane Feinstein and others, to get this administration to designate the Haqqani Network as a terrorist organization.
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