Watch: Bus Driver Took One Look At This Injured Iraq Vet’s Service Dog, Denied Him Transportation

A Newark, N.J., Purple Heart recipient said he was turned away from a bus because he had a service dog.

Daniel Wright told WABC last week he does not go anywhere without Tank, a pitbull who is trained as a service dog. “There were times I couldn’t even sleep with my wife because I was acting out in my sleep,” Wright said. “That’s actually why I have Tank. He wakes me up during night terrors, finding my medicine, he can go get my medicine.”

Wright, who served 11 years with the Marines and the Army, told the ABC flagship that when he tried to get on the NJ Transit Route 1 Bus, he was denied entry because of Tank. “I put my hand out, and people were getting on,” he said. “Then when I went to get on, he slammed the door…And I’m like, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ He’s like, ‘You can’t bring dogs on the bus.’ I said it’s my service dog, he’s like ‘I don’t care.’”

The veteran was able to board a second bus after showing proper identification to the driver.

NJ Transit officials tell WABC they are investigating the matter, as there are legal protections that entitle passengers to bring services dogs aboard modes of public transportation. “Service animals are permitted on board all of our modes: bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link, and we take our responsibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities act very seriously,” NJ Transit said in a statement.

h/t: Fox News

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Exposed: Why Obama Capitulated To Iran During Nuclear Negotiations

With the deadline to reach a nuclear deal with Iran rapidly approaching, reports are coming out about the way the U.S. administration conducted negotiations with the Islamist regime in Tehran.

From these reports emerges a shocking picture. The Obama administration didn’t negotiate to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program but merely wanted reconciliation with the Islamic Republic.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Obama conducted clandestine contacts with Iranian officials with the goal of improving ties between the two arch-enemies from the outset of his presidency. The secret dispatches started in late 2009 after mediation by the government of Oman. Iran was very suspicious of the administration’s intentions and sent a wish list to test Obama’s commitment to improving ties. The regime in Tehran wanted the release of Iranian prisoners from American and European jails and wanted the administration to blacklist opposition groups hostile to the regime. The Iranians also demanded more visas for Iranian students who wanted to study at universities in the U.S.

Obama decided to give in to most of the Iranian demands and facilitated the release of Iranian prisoners; he blacklisted some Iranian opposition groups and granted more visas to Iranian students.

“In September 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a ‘virtual embassy,’ allowing Iran to facilitate visas and student exchange programs. Iranians had complained, via Oman, that U.S. universities were discriminating against their students,” WSJ reported.

The president also sent letters to Iranian leaders that aimed to build up the trust of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad in his intentions.

The revelations about the start of the clandestine contacts with Iran in late 2009 also shed new light on Obama’s behavior after the election fraud by the Khamenei regime that led to a popular uprising in Iran in June 2009.

Obama made clear at the time that it would be “counterproductive to be seen meddling in the Iranian election results.” The president said this when he was under pressure from the Iranian opposition and public opinion in the U.S. to intervene and help the opposition topple the regime of Ahmadinejad and Khamenei.

The president justified his decision not to intervene during a television interview on June 16, 2009.

Here is what he said:

Although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi (leader of the liberal opposition) in terms of their actual positions may not be as great as has been advertised. We’ve got long-term interests in having them not weaponize nuclear power and stop funding organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. And that would be true whoever came out on top in this election.

Eventually, the back channel talks between Iran and the Obama administration paved the way to direct nuclear negotiations that started in 2013. As has become clear by now, the primary goal of the U.S. administration in these negotiations was normalization of America’s relationship with Iran.

It explains why Obama chose to decouple the nuclear negotiations from Iran’s aggressive behavior in the region and why the administration backtracked on virtually every demand that would have curbed Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, stuck to his red lines, whereas Obama made concession after concession to the Iranians during the negotiations.

Just last week, Khamenei published his red lines on Twitter and made clear he would not cave in on key aspects of the deal. Khamenei’s list contained some new conditions for a deal that violated the fact sheet that was released after the agreement in Lausanne earlier this year.

The Weekly Standard published a list of Obama’s concessions toward Iran that made clear the President will do whatever is necessary to close this deal with Iran.

Here are a few examples of the concessions the U.S. has made since the start of the negotiations with Iran:

Disclosure of previous nuclear activity

As recently as April, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that Iranian disclosure of past activity was a red line for U.S. negotiators. “They have to do it. It will be done. If there’s going to be a deal, it will be done. It will be part of a final agreement. It has to be,” Kerry said.

But on June 16, Kerry cast aside those demands. “We’re not fixated on Iran specifically accounting for what they did at one point in time or another. We know what they did. We have no doubt. We have absolute knowledge with respect to the certain military activities they were engaged in. What we’re concerned about is going forward.”

On the closure of the Fordo underground uranium enrichment facility

Then: “The Obama administration and its partners are “demanding the immediate closing and ultimate dismantling” of the nuclear facilities at Fordo.

(April 7, 2012, New York Times)

“We know they don’t need to have an underground, fortified facility like Fordo in order to have a peaceful program.”

December 6, 2013, Barack Obama, remarks at the Saban Forum

Now: “Under the preliminary accord, Fordo would become a research center, but not for any element that could potentially be used in nuclear weapons.”

April 22, 2015, New York Times

On suspension of enrichment

 

Then: “Our position is clear: Iran must live up to its international obligations, including full suspension of uranium enrichment as required by multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

April 7, 2012, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, New York Times

Now: “Agreement on Iran’s uranium enrichment program could signal a breakthrough for a larger deal aimed at containing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities.” The tentative deal imposes “limits on the number of centrifuges Iran can operate to enrich uranium” but allows Iran to continue enrichment.

March 19, 2015, Associated Press

The Weekly Standard article didn’t address what is currently going on in Vienna, where the negotiations on a final agreement are taking place.

Israel Project director Omri Ceren, who is in Vienna, wrote to Western Journalism in an e-mail that the West might have made yet another concession on the inspection regime after Khamenei made clear Iran would not allow inspections of military sites.

While the IAEA has always said that any effective inspections regime demands unlimited access to all sites, reporters are now told that the “mechanism will be one of ‘managed access.’ This means the Iranians will get a voice in whether the IAEA gets access to places the Iranians might be cheating.”

That “will, in theory, give them the ability to cheat safely for months before having to shut down,” Ceren wrote.

To understand the Administration’s eagerness to reconcile with the Islamic Republic of Iran, one should read a new article by Associated Press journalists Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper.

They reported that a certain kind of coziness had been created between administration officials and Iranian diplomats that took a toll on relations with longtime allies such as Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Whether or not the U.S. and its negotiating powers can clinch a pact in Austria’s capital over the next several days, it’s hard to imagine the tentative U.S.-Iranian rapprochement ending anytime soon. It’s become the new normal.

Klapper and Lee gave some examples of the “new normal”:

In March, Kerry began a meeting by offering condolences to Rouhani after his mother died and wished the Iranians a Happy Persian New Year with the traditional declaration of “Nowruz Mubarak.” Later, he approached Rouhani’s brother, a member of the Iranian negotiating team in Lausanne, Switzerland and hugged him.

The AP journalists reported that the rapprochement is not exactly a two-way street:

Only last week, many Iranian parliamentarians chanted “Death to America” as they passed legislation that would bar nuclear inspectors from visiting military sites – a key U.S. and international demand. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has delivered a series of speeches sharply denouncing U.S. intentions and tactics in the nuclear talks and on broader geopolitical matters.

The Iranian coldness and anti-U.S. rhetoric has not prevented unprecedented cooperation between the U.S. forces and Iran in Iraq. Last week, Bloomberg reported that “U.S. soldiers and Shiite militia groups are both using the Taqqadum military base in Anbar, the same Iraqi base where President Obama is sending an additional 450 U.S. military personnel to help train the local forces fighting against the Islamic State. Some of the Iran-backed Shiite militias at the base have killed American soldiers in the past.”

The Iraqi government has no control over the Shiite militia groups at the Taqqadum base. Bloomberg interviewed a senior administration official who said that “Iran is ushering in a new Hezbollah era in Iraq, and we will have aided and abetted it.”

“With the deadline approaching for a nuclear deal that would place up to $150 billion in the hands of Iran, the U.S. is now openly acknowledging in its annual report on international terrorism that Iran is supporting a foreign legion, comprising Afghans, Iraqis and Lebanese fighters, to defend Iranian interests throughout the Middle East,” Bloomberg reported.

The latest news coming out of Vienna is that a deal with Iran is possible in the coming days, although the June 30 deadline will not be met. EU Foreign Policy chief Frederica Mogherini said today: “I would say that the political will is there. I’ve seen it from all sides we have conditions now to close the deal.”

The news about the imminent deal led to a sharp reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu at the start of a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee.

“I am not impressed by the potholes in the nuclear talks. To my regret, what we are seeing are Iran’s increasing demands, and the major powers’ concessions that are also increasing, in keeping with the Iranian pressure. This agreement is going from a bad agreement to a worse agreement and is becoming worse by the day,” Netanyahu said.

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Obama Assisting al-Qaeda In Saudi Arabia’s War Against Shia Islam

President Barack Obama still continues to assist Islamic Sunni fighters including al-Qaeda, and the Republicans in Congress still support him. When does this stupidity end?

On Sunday, June 7, 2015, under the direction of President Obama, air strikes were conducted by Air Force and Navy attack aircraft in support of al-Qaeda.

U.S.-led coalition airplanes carried out four airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIL) in the town of Suran in the Aleppo province during a battle between the Islamic State and the Islamist coalition led by Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.

The Islamic State had seized control of Suran the prior week and has since been fighting an alliance of Islamist rebels, including Al Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham movement in the surrounding area.

The previous month, Obama ordered air strikes against both Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. The last Obama-ordered strike against the al-Qaeda affiliate was on May 20th, near Aleppo
province in Syria, in which 15 Al-Nusra fighters were killed.

In May, our tax dollars were used to bomb al-Nusra; and in June, our tax dollars were used to bomb the Islamic State and help al-Nusra take a town. All of the fighters involved are Sunni.

Summing up in a paragraph: Three to four years ago, the United States helped to arm the al-Qaeda offshoot which became the Islamic State (ISIL) with the idea that it was more “moderate” than Jabhat al-Nusra–which is part of al-Qaeda. Then the United States armed Sunni fighters such as the Hazzm Movement, associated with the Free Syrian Army, to fight al-Nusra and the Islamic State. But the Hazzm Brigade joined with al-Nusra in January 2015. Obama then ordered the bombing of al-Nusra along with the Hazzm Brigade, which we had armed and trained. Then this month, we bombed the ISIL during a battle to help al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda affiliated groups, including the Hazzm Brigade.

If you understand the paragraph above, congratulations–because I wrote it, and I don’t even understand it. No one can understand the so-called strategy of President Barack Obama in Syria. What is even more mind-boggling is that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham want President Obama to do more of whatever it is he is doing.

President Obama and a majority of Republican Senators want to somehow defeat the secular government of Syria dominated by Shiites and disband that nation’s army, just as was done in Iraq. At the same time, they want to defeat the Islamic State, as well as all al-Qaeda-associated groups including al-Nusra. After all these groups are defeated, including the ones we armed and trained in the past, the final goal is to establish a “democracy” in Syria. That really worked well for us in Iraq, Libya, and Yemen, didn’t it?

What is the result of the plans advocated by Barack Obama, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham? Their plans are destroying the churches founded by the Apostles including Peter, Paul, and John. Hundreds of thousands of Christians driven from their homes. Thousands of Christian men murdered. Thousands of Christian women and young girls forced into Islamic marriages. Married Christian women having been used as sex slaves passed from one Sunni fighter to the next. That, and millions of both Christian and Muslim refugees starving in UN camps.

Reality check: The Islamic fighters whom we are arming, training, and paying a monthly salary hate every aspect of America’s secular society.

Yet, President Obama and his pals in the Senate, such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have the absurd belief that Sunni Muslim fighters they arm and train are actually going to carry out the will of a gay-loving, dope-smoking, alcohol-consuming, over-eating, feminist-dominated secular nation such as the United States, which they view as the great Satan!

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WATCH: This Mother Of 3 Has A Brave Reason For Going To Iraq And Leaving Her Children Behind

A 25-year-old mother of three left her North Carolina home for Iraq to help the Kurdish Peshmerga fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Samantha Johnston of Emerald Isle, N.C., spoke to WJZY last week about her decision to help the Kurds fight the Islamic extremist group. “It was a long and hard process, a lot of praying, but it initially started tugging at my heart back in August,” Johnston said. “That’s when the beheadings started happening, and I decided to dig into the information on what’s going on there.”

Johnston, who served in the United States Army from 2008 to 2011, said she was was inspired to help the Kurds last summer when ISIS attacks dominated the news cycle; subsequently, she got in touch with her contacts in Iraq.

I dug and researched and learned who was here, who was real, and after talking to certain people for months and deciding I was going to come, they helped me plan everything with the Peshmerga.

“It was very hard, there are no words to express what I was feeling at that time,” Johnston continued, noting she had second thoughts even as she was going to the airport. “My family member drove me to the airport and she kept saying she can stop, that she can turn around, and I wanted her to, but at the same time I knew this was something that was important to me and I knew I needed to come and help in any way, but it was terrible, I hate remembering that trip.”

“It was my choice, it was something that I decided and prayed about, and luckily, my family, they don’t support me being here, but they’re supportive, if that makes sense, I can’t thank them enough for all the help they are giving me watching my children,” she said. “If I didn’t have them, this wouldn’t be possible. Everybody has opinions and I try to brush it off and focus on my goal here. I told my children I was going to be gone for a while to help other little children, and they said okay.”

Johnston told WJZY how serious the situation was once she arrived. “During the transfer from the airport to the base I was going to, it was three in the morning, they didn’t give me a flak vest or anything, they gave me a police officer bulletproof vest, they had a rifle ready for me and they said in case of attack, here’s what you need to do,” she told the Fox affiliate.

Every day we get up at four in the morning, we get in the Humvees, we go where we need to go, we train, and we train specifically for quick reaction, we come back, we clean our weapons, and prepare for the next day, but we are so close to Daesh [ISIS] that we are always on alert.

The 25-year-old added that tensions have risen since ISIS captured Ramadi last month. The city is just 60 miles west of Baghdad. Johnston was also asked if she felt the U.S. was doing enough to help in the fight against ISIS. “No, the United States is not doing enough, whatsoever,” she answered. “We are losing this fight, and we need the support from our government, America, and other western countries.”

ISIS doesn’t lie, they’re parading around with United States equipment that we supplied to the Iraqi army, it’s a slap in the face.

Finally, Johnston said she feels “embarrassed” after President Obama said earlier this month his administration didn’t have a “complete strategy” to fight ISIS. “[I’m] embarrassed for America. I don’t want to give my opinion on Obama,” Johnston said.

h/t: KDFW

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Watch: An ISIS Fighter Strapped On A Camera For A Propaganda Video. It Went Horribly Wrong…

ISIS has harnessed social media to promote its reign of terror in the heart of the Middle East. However, a recent attempt to obtain footage of ISIS troops fighting Iraqi forces took a turn for the worse when the would-be propagandist failed to see the threat above him.

The footage was taken with a helmet cam and shows the vantage point of an ISIS member filming a gun fight going on in front of him around a structure.

The fighter does not realize until it is too late that he is exposed to fire from an Iraqi solder on the roof. Soon, he is hit and slowly sinks to the ground.

As reported by Western Journalism earlier this week, ISIS reached a new level of barbarity in its executions of captured soldiers from opposing forces and civilians.

The group dresses its victims in orange jumpsuits, clearly for visual effect, in its execution videos. It then employs various execution techniques–decapitation, immolation, drowning, firing an RPG–to elicit the maximum level of terror to those watching.

Adolf Hitler and his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, used film to create the image of the invincible Nazi Army during the lead up to World War II. The most famous of these films was Triumph of the Will (1935). Historians believe the images planted by these films helped embolden the German forces and weaken its foes during the early years of the war.

America’s answer to Nazi propaganda films was creating its own. The Why We Fight film series released during World War II and directed by Academy Award winner Frank Capra was the most noteworthy among them. The films focused on the United States’ history as the defender of freedom, as well as the evil promulgated by Hitler and his Axis allies the Allies sought to defeat. The central premise Capra said influenced him in the content he chose was the words of Jesus: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Capra wrote in his memoir, The Name Above the Title (1971): “I told [the officers working with him] of my hunch: Use the enemy’s own films to expose their enslaving ends. Let our boys hear the Nazis and the Japs shout their own claims of master-race crud—and our fighting men will know why they are in uniform.”

h/t: IJReview

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