A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria. read more
Federal drug agents conducted surprise inspections of NFL team medical staffs Sunday in an ongoing investigation into prescription drug abuse in the league. The inspections, which entailed bag searches and questioning of team doctors by DEA agents, were based on the suspicion that teams dispense drugs illegally to keep players on the field in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, a senior law enforcement official told the Washington Post. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks were subject to inspections following their games. The DEA also met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore-Washington International airport after their game. read more
A Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan distributed fliers near Ferguson, Mo. and via social media threatening protestors with the use of "lethal force," Vice News reported on Thursday. The flier, which was addressed to "the terrorists masquerading as 'peaceful protestors,'" was circulated by the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. It alleged that protestors had "awakened a sleeping giant" and claimed to be a warning. "We will use lethal force as provided under Missouri law to defend ourselves," the flier said. "There will be consequences for your acts of violence against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri."
Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan has created a Florida town that he wants to be governed "according to strict Roman Catholic principles," which means such things as a ban on porn, a ban on pharmacies selling condoms or other birth control, and a ban on X-rated TV channels. The town of Ave Maria has a university and law school and a goal of attracting 11,000 residents. Unlike Jesuit or more-liberal Catholic academies, Ave Maria University [AMU] is run "according to the guidelines of the Code of Canon Law," a system of laws and legal principles that are made and enforced by the Catholic hierarchy.
President Barack Obama will ignore angry protests from Republicans and announce as soon as next week a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration enforcement system that will protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide many of them with work permits, according to administration officials who have direct knowledge of the plan. Asserting his authority as president to enforce the nation's laws with discretion, Obama intends to order changes that will significantly refocus the activities of the government's 12,000 immigration agents. One key piece of the order, officials said, will allow many parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents to obtain legal work documents and no longer worry about being discovered, separated from their families and sent away. read more