THEY KNEW THAT SHE WAS USING A PRIVATE SERVER.
CRANKY WON'T NAME THESE PEOPLE -- MAYBE THEY DON'T REALLY EXIST.
BUT WHETHER "PEOPLE AROUND THE GOVERNMENT KNEW" OR NOT, SHE GOT CAUGHT LYING.
CRANKY SCOFFED TO THESE REPORTERS THAT IT WOULD MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE.
"I'M LIKE AL CAPONE," SHE BLUSTERED. "THEY'LL NEVER PIN ANYTHING ON ME! NEVER!"
The assault on Falluja continues.
In Wednesday's snapshot, we noted our disbelief in western press reports that the assault on Falluja had ceased (due to concerns for 20,000 kids trapped there). Thursday's snapshot noted that Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had stated the assault had never been halted.
Even the US State Dept was going to town on western media outlets.
State Dept spokesperson Mark Toner, "First of all, beginning with Fallujah. I wanted to update you on the ongoing effort to retake Fallujah. Contrary to some media reports, efforts have not stalled."
Poor western media, so foolish, so stupid.
It's why they also struggle to report reality -- like the War Crimes taking place in the 'liberation' of Falluja.
These are the "non sectarian" Shia Hashd militia abusing Sunni clerics. This is the Iraqi Shia alternative to ISIS
To the War Crimes, the US government turns a blind eye.
And, when questions are raised about the war crimes, a deaf ear.
From Friday's State Dept press briefing:
QUESTION: Similar to Said’s question but involving the PMF, the Popular Mobilization Force.
MR TONER: Sure.
QUESTION: If – we’ve got some eyewitness accounts from a camp south of Fallujah, people who have escaped the fighting there, saying that the PMF has separated the men from the women and children, beating, handcuffing for security screening purposes the men. And then the government denies any of this abuse is happening. Does that suggest that the government is reluctant or incapable of reining in some of the purported abuses of the PMF?
MR TONER: Again – and I’m aware of the, as you talked about it, the separation. I’m hesitant to get too into the weeds in terms of what’s happening on the ground there. My understanding is that part of that is simply an effort to ensure that members of [the Islamic State] aren’t trying to escape Fallujah. So there has – there does need to be some measure of screening conducted. Now, how that’s conducted is certainly important, and whether it’s done respectfully is also important, and we’re looking at that closely as we see these allegations.
QUESTION: There are quite a few warnings from human rights groups and others saying that the potential for abuse is imminent as the city and then other cities are cleared. Is there some kind of mechanism beyond the good faith assurances from Baghdad that they are attempting to rein in the PMF; as was alluded to earlier, that --
MR TONER: Sure.
QUESTION: -- a lot of this – that sectarian division is what lead to some of these – ISIL to be able to take hold, et cetera?
MR TONER: I’m – we are in close contact with the command and control of the Iraqi Security Forces and – as well as the Iraqi Government as they conduct these operations. This is an Iraqi-led operation, and we’ve been very clear about that. But we still believe that the government is committed to conducting an operation that is respectful of the civilian population, and we’ve seen it by the fact that they have opened some of these safe passageways for civilians to escape from the city. But it’s something, obviously, we’re keeping an eye on.
Yeah, let's not get into 'the weeds' of War Crimes, let's not get too hung up on the persecution and brutality against civilians, right?
No one will ever remember Barack Obama as a human rights president.
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