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  • Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee urges the President to declassify ten-year old intelligence on the Taliban 5.
  • One of the many things bother most red-blooded Americans about Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity is the propaganda coup that the Taliban has been able to extract from this event.  The roll out was a public relations disaster for the White House, indeed the country. There is a rising tide of bipartisan criticism that will increase as more facts are known. Why the heck, given all the back door planning that apparently took place on the U.S. side of the ledger, did the U.S. not prepare a video of its own?
  • Even if the House and Senate figure out a way to ban intelligence agencies from bulk data collecting — a really dumb idea — there are plenty of other tools that will soon be at the ready to fill that gap. And, guess what, as soon as the Left secures its quixotic win on ‘bulk data collection,’ they will go after these new tools. This will never end, at least not until the next catastrophic terrorist, or other attack, aimed to hurt the United States. If the Congress insists wasting time on this issue, might a well ban the use of bulk data collection by the private sector as well. Go ahead, destroy yet another market that helps the consumer as well as strengthen U.S. national security.
  • Germany ‘investigates’ alleged Angela Merkel phone tap. In case you’re wondering, the Germans have their own intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND. The BND never taps or listens to conversations or intercept e-mail of U.S. political leaders. Never. Does not happen. Wouldn’t be prudent.
  • Over at the DiploPundit, Spero outlines the findings of a new OIG report on State Department operations in Dubai. A+ for commercial promotion, but poor outcomes for leadership and other core competencies.
  • Our Man in Havana. The State Department announced yesterday that  Amb. Jeffrey DeLaurentis will be the new head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. Buena suerte. He’s going to need it.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) credited Thomas Jefferson as author of the Bill of Rights. This Harvard grad needs a refresher in basic American history. George Mason and James Madison are the principle authors of the Bill of Rights, not Jefferson. I know what some of you may be thinking, so what? It’s just an observation of the state of American politics these days. If they make errors on the small things, they will do so no the more important. GIGO politics. The new standard these days.
  • While on the payroll of a billionaire climate change fanatic, a former Navy Seal commander released a report yesterday detailing the potential terror threats to the Keystone pipeline. It must be good to have so much money to burn, especially when you’re Tom Steyer. Terror threats to derail Keystone? Steyer must thing the American people are stupid. As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, let us give thanks that business and political leaders of that time had a lot more vision to see beyond the tips of their noses. We need more like them today to counteract liberals with money to burn.
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