It's been confirmed: "The two devices found on U.S.-bound cargo planes were viable explosives that could have destroyed the aircraft if detonated."
One of the originating sources of yesterday's Islamic attack/massive dry run is Yemen. Obama has sanctioned child soldiers in Yemen, doubled aid to Yemen and released key leaders of AQAP from GITMO, now waging war from Yemen.
While Obama spends countless hours forcing the Jews to ethnically cleanse their capital of its Jews and give up the precious land of their tiny state, he is doubling aid to Yemen -- he handles jihadist countries much differently.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) poses a threat in several provinces. It includes some Saudi men who were detained at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay – including the group’s deputy leader, Said al-Shihri. It also includes the Yemeni-American preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who is now in hiding but continuing to release audio and video messages urging American Muslims to wage jihad. And it was AQAP that trained Nigerian would-be airline bomber Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab. Is this any way to fight a war?
Obama released the Muslims from GITMO who are now waging war against us in Judenrein Yemen.
Rebel groups like Sudan's Justice and Equality Movement, shown in this video frame, use child soldiers. The United States will exempt four governments from penalties for doing so. [Al Jazeera]
In a decision critics say has undermined a powerful new law, the United States has decided to turn a blind eye to four countries that use child soldiers in their armed forces.
In a brief and little-noticed announcement on Monday, the White House said President Barack Obama had decided to exempt Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan and Yemen from the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008, which prohibits funding for foreign governments' militaries if they recruit or use child soldiers.
On Thursday, Foreign Policy magazine posted online a nine-page memo from Obama to Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, that linked the continuation of funding to US counterterrorism efforts in some of those countries.
"Everyone’s gotten a pass, and Obama has really completely undercut the law and its intent," Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, told the New York Times newspaper.
Of the six countries identified by the State Department as having used child soldiers in 2009, only Somalia and Myanmar were not granted an exemption. Myanmar receives no military aid from the United States, but the vulnerable Transitional Federal Government of Somalia receives significant assistance. In May 2009, the United States applied for an exemption from an United Nations' arms embargo on the country in order to provide Somalia with assault rifle, mortar and machine gun ammunition, and rocket-propelled grenades.
Al-Qaeda as justification
In the memo, signed by Obama, the White House called Yemen a "key partner" in the fight against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and said that imposing the funding prohibition against Yemen "would seriously jeaopardise the Yemeni government's capability to conduct special operations and counterterrorism missions, and create a dangerous level of instability in the country and the region".
US assistance to Yemen has grown over the past year...............
Obama — Using Children As Soldiers Is Perfectly Fine. Kenny Solomon, Red State
Verbatim copy/paste of a Presidential Memorandum dated Monday 25 October 2010.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
October 25, 2010
Presidential Memorandum–Child Soldiers Prevention Act
Presidential Determination No. 2011-4
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
SUBJECT: Presidential Determination with Respect to Section 404(c) of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, pursuant to section 404(c) of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA), title IV of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110 457), I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA.
You are authorized and directed to submit this determination to the Congress, along with the accompanying memorandum of justification, and to publish it in the Federal Register.
The “accompanying memorandum of justification” has not been released to the public and/or media.
A report from The Associated Press was published on 29 October and picked up by news outlets - including Fox News - and seemingly buried.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move criticized by human rights organizations, the Obama administration has decided to exempt Yemen and three other countries that use child soldiers from U.S. penalties under the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act.
In a memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama said he had determined that “it is in the national interest of the United States” to waive application of the law to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Yemen. He instructed Clinton to submit the decision to the Congress with a written justification for the move.
Obama’s memo, released by the White House on Monday, did not include the justification. Administration officials have said, however, that cutting off military aid to those four countries as required by the law would do more harm than good. And they have said that continuing close cooperation with them can be a more effective way of changing their practices.
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State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the countries who received the waiver deserve more time to correct their practices.
“In each of these countries we are working with the governments to stop the recruitment of child soldiers or demobilize those who may already be in the ranks,” Crowley said. “These countries have put the right policies in place but are struggling to effectively implement them. These waivers allow the United States to continue to conduct valuable training programs.”
Three days after the Presidential Memorandum, a report was issued via UNICEF on the subject of children as soldiers, making no mention of The President’s waiver.