Friday, September 28, 2012

The Enemy

The Enemy. Hidden, corrupt, evil. Hiding behind a cloak of respectability that was at one time appropriate but now, has been betrayed, corrupted by power and personal immoral and ungodly beliefs, evil to the core and in the service of lies and the prince of all liars.

To whom or what am I referring? The Main Stream Media of the United States of America.

Print and Broadcast media have always been subject to the personal beliefs and bias’s of those who determine what is newsworthy. However, because of competition and the wide ranging scope of individual beliefs and the values of good journalism the MSM was, for some time, relatively ‘fair and balanced’. With the Vietnam war, however, this began to change as those in the MSM, allowed unrestricted access for the first time to the front lines and frightened by the very real horrors of war, began to take it upon themselves to present the news in a way that intentionally influenced public opinion, swaying it against the war and those fighting it.

Surprised by the scope of their effect on public opinion regarding the war, the media awoke and found itself strong. Because of the preponderance of leftwing ideologues the MSM used its newfound power to affect social change, a clear abuse of journalistic principle. This abuse of power began to grow exponentially until it exploded with the election of Ronald Reagan. President Reagan,  frustrated by people like Dan Rather who was so blatantly biased that his reports were more like personal editorials, began to go directly to the people through a series of public addresses. Reagan was such a supreme communicator and was so popular with the American public that many in the MSM, partly out of fear, partly out of hatred and partly out of sheer bitterness and jealousy began to throw off even the pretense of impartiality and attack not only his Presidency but he and his wife personally.

By the time Bill Clinton was in office Media Bias had reached such a level that the American people hungered for an alternative to the blatant leftwing bias in reporting. That opened the door for FOX NEWS. For years FOX reigned supreme in the ratings of news networks. In fact, today FOX still holds the number one spot in network news services with CNN running a distant second. This is a testament to the fact that the vast majority of Americans are not liberal in their thinking and politics. This is contrary to how America is portrayed by the MSM.  Even FOX, however, is not immune to bias. Whether from a liberal bias inherent in the production staff or in some of the anchors themselves, a liberal bias often permeates even FOX. Some have suggested this might be the result of some producers being over-zealous in being ‘fair and balanced.’ Whatever the case even FOX has frequently fallen prey to the demons of bias.

What about reverse, or Conservative bias? FOX certainly is conservative in its editorial broadcasts such as the Sean Hannity show. However their standard news broadcasting is most certainly ‘fair and balanced’. You can say that this is just my opinion but I would refer you to FOX’s ratings once again. It is, of course my opinion. However, it is shared with a vast majority of Americans. All that said, there still remains a vastly out of balance MSM out there doing everything in their power to influence the 2012 elections and insure that President Obama is re-elected.

This has given rise to “Alternative Media” such as NewsMax, Drudge, WND and so on. These Alternates are a natural response to the liberal bias found in the MSM. Even if one were to discount FOX that still leaves three major cable news networks and several network news and print sources all of whom are so heavily and blatantly biased as to require – no - demand an alternative. Hence, Alternative Media. None of this is rocket science. The American people are not so brain dead yet that they are oblivious to the pure propaganda they are being fed by the MSM. The majority of my friends no longer even watch television news, but get all of their news from internet Alternatives.

To me, despite some of the drawbacks inherent in some of the Alternatives such as over editorializing and significant reverse-bias, the Alternative Media is a refreshing and very necessary response to the MSM, which has kept not their first estate but has instead embraced the power they possess, not to inform but to influence. In so doing they have become corrupt and evil.

Why do I say evil? Let me explain: I have friends whose politics come from the left of center. They are educated. Intelligent. Fair minded. Yet, inexplicably, they cannot see the bias in the MSM. Even the blatant bias of MSNBC somehow escapes their notice. Even when I confront them regarding a news story, in this case the coverage of the recent tragedy in Libya, when I presented them with all the facts of the story not just those facts MSNBC decided to present, they were still unable to discern any bias whatsoever. These are decent, thoughtful and honest folk.

I do not expect these people to agree with my political opinions on things, but I would think it impossible to be blind to the bias that is so blatantly obvious. I would think myself mad if there were not so many who see precisely what I see and if there were not so much evidence to the one sided reporting of the MSM. In fact, a September 21, 2012 Gallup Poll indicated that 60% of those polled distrust the MSM.

Since these people I speak of are friends and would have no reason to lie or misrepresent what they really see and perceive I am at a loss to explain their inability to see what was right in front of them. Even if they didn’t agree to an overall bias in the MSM the ridiculously slanted reporting of the story in question should have elicited some acknowledgment. As I said, these are friends and insist they are not misrepresenting their thoughts or dissimilating in any way nor would they have any reason to.  This is, of course, not limited to just my few liberal friends. Rather, people all over the nation from many backgrounds and ideologies seem oblivious to a bias that has been proven to exist.

So, how to explain this strange lack of discernment? How are otherwise bright and well-informed people unable to see what is right in front of their faces? As a man of faith it is obvious that one answer stands out. It is spiritual.

The Bible tells us that until the return of Jesus Christ the world will be under the dominion of Satan. The Bible refers to Satan as the god of this world and the prince of the air. His entire purpose during his time here is to lie and deceive and destroy the work of Jesus Christ which was done upon the cross on Calvary.

2Co 4:3-4  So if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are dying. In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe to keep them from seeing the light of the glorious gospel of the Messiah, who is the image of God.

Joh 8:43-45  Why don't you understand what I've said? It's because you can't listen to my words. You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and has never stood for truth, since there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies. But it is because I speak the truth that you do not believe me.

Eph 2:2  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience;

The prince of the power of the air. One cannot consider that verse and not think of the invisible signals which pass through the very air itself bringing the filth and lies of the world right into our living rooms. What better tool could ever have been created to further the designs of Satan. So, if otherwise good people, because of their beliefs and lack of spiritual discernment can be deluded into believing a lie to be the truth and the truth to be a lie – another Biblical truth - what part do those in the MSM play and what, if any, responsibility do they bear for perpetrating this deception on the people.

Let’s start with those in the MSM themselves. What do they say?

"There is no such thing, at this date in the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.

There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street looking for another job.

If I allowed my honest opinion to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. You know it and I know it. And what folly is this - toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance.
Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." 
John Swinton - New York Times - New York Press Club

"The news and truth are not the same thing." 
Walter Lippmann, American journalist, 1889-1974

"News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising."
Rubin Frank, former president NBC News 

"We tell the people what they need to know, not what they want to know." 
Frank Sesno, CNN News

"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
Richard Salent, former pres. CBS News

These quotes provide an interesting insight into the mindset of those in the MSM. I am certain that there are many good hearted and earnest journalists out there whose bias creeps into their reporting simply because it is an accepted practice in this day and age. There are those others however who, with knowledge and intent, seek to influence people’s perceptions and effect social change through biased presentation of the news. Print and broadcast media are powerful. The media can be a tool or it can be a weapon. Either way it is immensely powerful. It is said power corrupts. The power that the MSM has is corrupting those who wield it.

Hidden behind the cloak of ‘Responsible Journalism’ a corrupt and evil force is covering this land with lies and deception. Whether through a shared ideology or by illicit agreement, the MSM are united in seeking to influence the public regarding the 2012 Presidential election, the true nature of Islam, the truth behind illegal immigration, the benefit of firearms and many more issues crucial to the future of this country.

As Christians, we need to pray! We need to pray that God will give eyes that perceive the truth to the American people. Pray that the Lord would help the people to see through the veil of deception, that He would exhort them to seek out sources of truth instead of simply relying on the same old news they have watched or read for years. We need to pray for the future of this country!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

No Time

There is NO time left!

Open your heart. Search deep within yourself. Can you feel that Jesus is calling you to Him? The world has put up a curtain of deception between you and God. The world has joined in deceiving you into believing that the Bible is myth, that it is full of contradictions and that all of the fulfilled prophecies are contrived. The world is lying to you!

If, despite the lies and deception, you continue to have that nagging feeling that there is something to this whole “God thing” then try to just set the deception aside and with an open heart and mind ask Jesus to speak to you, to lead you to the truth. If you have or can find a Bible turn to the Book of John (In the last 1/4 of the Bible) and begin reading as you ask Jesus to reveal himself to you.

If you do this with an open heart and mind then that nagging feeling is going to change to a conviction. A sureness that God is indeed calling you.

If you have opened your heart and hear God calling then please consider the following facts:

The Bible is the true inspired writings of Godly men passed down across time.

The Bible is not at odds with science.

History supports the Bible and the Bible supports history.

The Bible stands alone against all other Religious writings in that it contains hundreds of prophecies fulfilled precisely as foretold with 100% accuracy – NO ERRORS.

The Bible is the ONLY document to contain hundreds of fulfilled prophecies, to be supported by history and archeology and to contain facts from science long before they were discovered in our modern era. There is NOTHING else like it anywhere!

Science is constantly revising itself. Not a day goes by that what once was considered concrete scientific fact is suddenly revised or rescinded. The Bible has remained the same since its origin. Why would you believe the world when you consider these facts about the Bible?

There is No time to waste in making your decision. Bible prophecy, which you now know to be 100% accurate, predicts that the world is coming rapidly to a horrific conclusion. I know that the world says that people have been shouting “Repent for the end is near!” for thousands of years and yet things continue on as they have since antiquity. In fact, the Bible tells us that will happen:

2Pe 3:3-4  First, knowing this, that there will come in the last days scoffers walking according to their own lusts and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.

So what is different about today? Israel! That is the difference. Bible prophecies about the future all hinge on the existence of the Nation of Israel. Since 1948 when the Nation of Israel was re-established and more importantly, since 1967 when the Jewish people re-united the city of Jerusalem the Prophetic Clock began ticking. With current events precisely mirroring Biblical accounts of the End of Days it is certain that the time to Repent and be saved is running out.

If you hear God calling and have visited the links I provided then there is no reason not to look to the Bible and Jesus Christ for salvation. If you are wondering how to do that please consider the following:

1 Cor 15:3-4, "… that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."

And this:

John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.'

Acts 4:12, "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved."

Then do this:

Rom 10:9  If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

And you will be saved from this:

1.      Hebrews 2:14, "Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil."
2.      Luke 1:70-71, "As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old— 71 Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us."
Eternal Death
3.      John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."
Present Evil Age
4.      Galatians 1:4, "who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father."
5.      Matthew 1:21, "And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins."
6.      Romans 5:9, "Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."
7.      1 Thessalonians 1:10, "and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come."

If you have read this far then it is apparent that God’s Spirit is speaking to you. If you are not sure yet what you believe then please contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you have. The time is short and what lies ahead is fearful indeed as is the idea of eternal separation from our Creator and eternal punishment in the most horrifying of places! Don’t let another moment slip by without giving your life to Jesus Christ.

It is my fervent prayer that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. If you have then please let me know. I will be happy to help you with the next steps in your walk with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

God’s blessing to one and all.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Arab Spring-board

President Obama and his Administration, whether through incompetence or intent, supported the so-called “Arab Spring” which has now been revealed to be little more than a take over of much of the Middle East by Muslim Extremists. Obama and his support of Egyptian President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood as well as Brotherhood backed radicals in Libya are just two examples of how this misguided policy backfired on the Administration and is now having a devastating impact on this country and it’s allies.

Yesterday, the Administration finally admitted what Middle East experts have said since the election of President Morsi: That Egypt can no longer be considered our ally. The sweeping changes in the Egyptian government and its policy and the placement of anti-west Muslim Fundamentalists in key positions in the administration and the Egyptian military all indicate that Egypt is on the fast track to becoming another Iran.

Libya,now controlled by Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, is the site of one of the worst atrocities suffered by our Diplomatic Corps. in decades. It has become apparent that the reactionary nature of the adherents to this form of Islam and their predictable reaction to a 13 second video clip of a low budget U-Tube Video is being used as a convenient cover for a long planned strike against the United States. Something the Obama Administration is only now beginning to acknowledge.

 Hiding behind the cloak of the word “Democracy” Radical Islamists have succeeded in tipping the balance of power and control their way in a significant portion of the Middle East. The Obama Administration seems to be under the delusion that because the new leadership talks the talk of true democracy, that they will walk that walk. The Islamists’ actions show that this will not be the case. In fact, the truth is that it is just the opposite.

In Egypt,Christians have been beheaded and crucified in the presence of government officials. Fundamentalist Sharia reforms are being implemented daily. In Libya, Al-Qaeda is in the final stages of a three-part plan to make the State a full-blown affiliate. Yemen has seen AQAP, a virulent branch of Al-Qaeda, gain such popular support that the government has been unable to move against it in any significant way. Every Arab Spring country has seen an upturn in fundamentalist activity and violence.

In these countries we now see a crack down on freedom of speech, religious persecution, the oppression of women and minorities and a disturbing turn toward anti-United States and anti-Western violence. The Obama Administration, to date, has failed to officially recognize this disturbing trend or acknowledge it in any way. Only in the past day has the Administration admitted that the Benghazi attack might be more than just a random protest over a shoddily made You-Tube video. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the Administration has still spent $70,000 of taxpayer money to apologize to Muslims for a video that has nothing to do with the US or it’s government.

In the area of Middle East policy, Obama and his Administration have failed and failed miserably. Whether it was out of sheer ignorance and incompetence, a result of the President’s affinity for the ideology of Islam or the more likely choice, a combination of both incompetence and a bias towards Islam, Obama and his cronies have exposed this country to a threat from abroad and domestically as well. By adopting a doctrine of apology and appeasement toward Radical Islam overseas and acceptance and tacit approval of Islamist Sharia right here, at home, this President and his Administration - itself made up of several prominent extremist Muslims – have opened the door for a situation much worse than September 11.

I posit that our very way of life has been jeopardized in this President’s misguided attempt to embrace the sentimental memory of the ideology of his childhood, an ideology he is still drawn to even to this day. If this President is elected to a second term, look for Sharia to become a much more prominent part of our legal landscape and Islam to advance toward becoming the new religious foundation of this once, Christian Nation. The Arab Spring was more of an Arab Spring-Board... Right into the United States of America!

Friday, September 14, 2012

How Could This Happen?

Because of the intolerance and reactionary nature of certain individuals and groups, I am prefacing this essay with the following statement:

This essay is critical of Islam and the Muslim Faith. If you are sensitive to criticism of this kind then do not continue reading beyond this point! I take no responsibility for offending your sensibilities if you choose to read this article despite this warning!

The following quote is just astounding: “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?” This is the question posed by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton regarding the atrocity in Benghazi, where Islamist Militants overran our Consulate and murdered our ambassador and three others! Libyan militia assigned to protect the Consulate actually showed the militants where to find the Ambassador. All of this because Muslims were offended by a low budget YouTube movie denigrating Mohammed. How could this happen, secretary Clinton asks?

This is what happens when people who have no business being in positions of power and authority are finally forced to face the inevitable consequences of their incompetence. What happened in Benghazi, and is continuing to happen in other countries, was unavoidable. Islam is a religion/ideology that is attractive to the violent and hateful. According to its very doctrine, Islam not only condones bigotry, rape, subjugation and hate but it demands violent retribution against any who stand against it. Not surprisingly, Muslims seem almost eager for the next reason to act out violently. We have seen this time and again when mobs of Islamists turn violent over even the most innocuous perceived slight. One recent example would be in February, when Islamists attacked our embassy in Kabul during a protest over the inadvertent burning of old and discarded holy books. A death sentence was issued for a cartoonist and violent protests disrupted several cities and caused millions in damages all because he portrayed Mohammed in a disparaging manner. The list goes on and on and on. How could this happen?

The Muslim practices of hudaibyia and taqiyya allow adherents to lie and even behave like non-Muslims in order to infiltrate and overthrow their enemies. We see this in Afghanistan where US trained Afghan military personnel posing as our allies then turn their weapons on us. In Egypt our President was duped into supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, documented terrorists and extremists. Now that they are in power they have thrown off the cloak of moderation which they donned in order to win Western support and have begun to turn Egypt into another version of Iran. We have seen how, historically, Islamists have used these practices to great affect and yet we continue to be caught by surprise when it happens again. How could this happen?

For weeks our intelligence agencies have been reporting that jihadists were planning attacks on US embassies in the Middle East and Africa to commemorate the September 11 Trade Center attack. Israeli intelligence had information that was circulated on September 4 regarding possible attacks by a group known as ‘Global Jihad.’ Egyptian Intelligence services had reported the same. It is important to note that President Obama has not attended a security briefing since September 5 and has attended less than half of the daily security briefings that are so crucial to being informed about our nation’s security. It is also important to note that there were no US military personnel assigned to guard and protect the Consulate. The excuse? It was a temporary facility. How could this happen?

We have a President who is, at the very least, extremely sympathetic to Muslims. Secretary Clinton’s Executive Secretary is a Muslim with close family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and other extremist groups. At the recent DNC convention, a large contingent of Muslim representatives attended. Many of them were from groups condemned by international watchdog agencies. It is obvious that Obama and his Administration as well as the DNC are clueless as to the threat Islam poses to the security of this Nation and to the world. It has been posited recently by former National Security personnel that our Government has been infiltrated at the highest levels by Muslims hostile to the US and Israel. How Could This Happen?

It could happen because the leadership of this country has found it expedient to ignore what was obvious to everyone and treat the members of an intolerant and violent ideology - an ideology of rabid extremists bent on destroying this country and all it stands for - as if they were our allies. If things do not change in our government this Nation cannot possibly hope to prevail. We must rid ourselves of the current policy of appeasement and attend to our National Security!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Why the Silence?

In the past weeks credible information has come to light that our government, specifically the Obama Administration, has given high level security clearance to an individual with close ties to various Islamic Terrorist groups and Militant Anti-American interests.

Five of our elected representatives have stepped forward calling for an investigation, not to prosecute or remove this individual from office, but simply to ascertain whether or not these ties to various groups might potentially compromise her ability to place the interests of this nation ahead of any others.

Specifically I wish to refer to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin. Ms. Abedin, who has close personal and family ties to The Muslim Brotherhood, The Muslim Sisterhood, Al Qaeda and various other groups and individuals who are proven enemies of The United States, Israel and the West holds a position of influence in the highest levels of our government and is cleared to access top secret information. This is not conjecture or idle speculation. Rather, it is public information available to anyone with an internet connection. Rather than list all of the evidence of Abedin’s connections to these groups I will refer you to this link where you can verify these connections for yourself. I suggest you take the time to read the entire document. CNN and others have gone out of their way to discredit the author, Mr. Shoebat. That in itself is of interest to me. What is even more interesting is how they can ignore the exhaustive documentation Mr. Shoebat provides regarding Ms. Abedin’s personal connections and, of more concern, how our elected representatives can ignore it as well.

This brings me to my question regarding the issue of Ms. Abedin, a question which I find extremely important: Why the Silence?

A woman with confirmed ties to individuals and groups with known links to terrorism and militant anti-American activities has been issued a Top Secret security clearance and works in the highest levels of our government. How can that be? Just as importantly, why is it that only five of our elected representatives are sounding the alarm and why are they being excoriated for doing so?

Anyone seeking a government security clearance is put through an exhaustive background check and investigation. Any ties to groups or individuals which potentially could cause the person applying for the clearance to be compromised will result in the clearance being refused. This is not an indictment of the person’s character or patriotism. Instead, it is insurance that minimizes the chance that the person will be put in a position of conflicting interests such as those of our National Security versus those of Faith, Family or Friends. A person with close ties to groups like The Muslim Brotherhood and other militant Islamic groups through members of their immediate family is, in my estimation, at tremendous risk of being compromised.

Some may argue that the reason there is little interest in the issue of Ms. Abedin is simply because the agencies responsible for vetting her for a security clearance found no cause for alarm in her associations with these individuals and groups. I take issue with this. I linked to documentation (above) of Ms. Abedin’s connections with questionable groups and individuals. Let me highlight just two of them.

A)    Ms. Abedin’s brother, Hassan has close ties to Muslim Brotherhood spiritual head and  its  international liaison Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, as well as with Abdullah Omar Naseef, the founder of “Rabita Trust”,  a  Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity.

B)    Ms. Abedin’s mother, Saleha, holds positions of influence in groups that operate under the auspices of the Muslim Brotherhood/Sisterhood. Interestingly the web site indicating one of her positions with the group (IICWC) was removed, however a screen capture made prior to the alteration is available at this address. Ms. Abedin’s mother also has close associations with the same individuals as her brother, Hassan as well as with several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood/Sisterhood.

These are just two of many links to enemies of this country by individuals close to Ms. Abedin. In my opinion, no one with this level of connectivity should have been issued a security clearance or offered a high level position and I question the extent to which she was vetted. The following is an excerpt from a State Department document listing reasons for denial of a security clearance: 

NOTE: Underline Emphasis Added is Mine.

Guideline B:  Foreign Influence6. The Concern. Foreign contacts and interests may be a security concern if the individual has divided loyalties or foreign financial interests, may be manipulated or induced to help a foreign person, group, organization, or government in a way that is not in U.S. interests, or is vulnerable to pressure or coercioon by any foreign interest. Adjudication under this Guideline can and should consider the identity of the foreign country in which the foreign contact or financial interest is located, including, but not limited to, such considerations as whether the foreign country is known to target United States citizens to obtain protected information and/or is associated with a risk of terrorism.
7. Conditions that could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying include:
(a) contact with a foreign family member, business or professional associate, friend, or other person who is a citizen of or resident in a foreign country if that contact creates a heightened risk of foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion;
(b) connections to a foreign person, group, government, or country that create a potential conflict of interest between the individual's obligation to protect sensitive information or technology and the individual's desire to help a foreign person, group, or country by providing that information; 

It does not surprise me that, in this Administration, an individual with such questionable ties holds such an influential position with access to critical National Security information. What I cannot fathom is why even conservative Republicans are silent on this important issue. There is obviously more at work here and while Mr. Shoebat might have questionable motives (And I am not so sure that is the case) his documentation is exhaustive and verifiable. The connections between Ms. Abedin and various groups with links to terrorism is undeniable. Why someone that is potentially such a security risk is still in such a critical position is something that should disturb every American. At the very least one would think that those representatives expressing concern would be provided with proof that Ms. Abedin was properly vetted thereby allaying their concerns – and the concerns of those of us who stay informed on such matters.

Which brings me full circle. I ask again: Why The Silence?