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Allen West: New Obamacare Delay Unfair to Individuals.


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By Todd Beamon

The latest delay in Obamacare proves that “big government does not work — and we see it happening right here,” former Florida congressman Allen West told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

“The president always talks about fairness and fair share and inequality,” West told John Bachman on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV. “Then, why is he continuing to grant all of these delays and waivers and exemptions to unions, to cronies, to employers, big businesses?

“Why not the same to the individual American citizen, when they see their wages being depressed, they are out of work, they don’t see any future and hope? Mr. President, you talk about fairness. What about fairness to the individual American?”

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On Monday, the Obama administration delayed another part of the Affordable Care Act, this one affecting companies with 50 to 99 employees. The companies will not face a tax penalty until 2016 for not providing workers with health insurance.

Last July, the employer mandate for Obamacare was delayed until next year, even though individuals face a tax penalty for not having health coverage this year.

The latest delay marked the eighth one-year extension of mandates to President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation since it was signed into law in 2010, according to a recent report from the Congressional Research Service. The report was provided to Newsmax by the office of GOP Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

West, who is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, is among many Republicans who have long charged that Obamacare is unworkable and should be repealed.

“Is this the law of the land, or it is just some imperial edict that can be changed willy-nilly by the stroke of a pen or the use of a cellphone?” he asked Newsmax. “We continue to see these changes to employer-based mandates. But the one that is most important: Why not a delay for the individual mandate?

“This was truly rammed down the throats of the American people,” West added. “In the world of academics, theory works very well — but when it comes to practical application, now you see things falling apart.”

Republican disunity is keeping the party from taking the lead in the Obamacare debate, he said.

“That’s the problem with the Republican Party: You cannot get them to come out as unified messengers on major policy issues. Right now, the Republican Party needs a singular voice, a true leader.”

That’s not, however, House Speaker John Boehner.

“He’s supposed to be the third in line to the presidency,” West said of the Ohio Republican. “Any time the president gets up and gives a press conference or something like that, John Boehner should be up there giving the counterargument.

“John Boehner should be up there saying: ‘Here’s our plan. The president keeps talking about we don’t have a plan.’ His denial of us not having a plan does not mean that’s true — and he should be able to articulate that plan step by step.

“The key thing is, in a constitutional republic, a law is supposed to be applicable to everyone,” West said. “That’s why I say this is not the law of the land. This is just an edict that can continually be changed and manipulated according to politics.

“That’s a great point to bring up with this president and his administration. This is not applicable to everyone — and we need to have a law that is applicable to everyone.

“If this law cannot be applicable to everyone, then we need to scrap it.”

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Power Plant Attack Sparks Terror Fears in Three Other Incidents.


A recent report about the terrifying attack on a California power plant last April has raised suspicions about other troubling cases throughout the United States within the past year, Newsmax has learned.

Consider:

  • On Jan. 9, more than 7,000 gallons of methanol leaked into Elk River in Charleston, W.Va., after a spill at a chemical storage plant operated by Freedom Industries. Nearly 300,000 people were left without drinking or bathing water, some for more than a week. A federal grand jury investigation has begun into the spill, CNN reports.
  • The following week, in Manapalan, N.J., a 26-year-old man, Asaf Mohammed, was arrested after being found trapped inside a 20-inch pipe outside a storage tank at a water-treatment plant owned by United Water. The plant supplies drinking water to 40,000 customers in the township, New Jersey.com reports.
  • Within a month after the Boston Marathon bombings last April, seven Muslims — from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore — were arrested in the middle of the night at the Quabbin Reservoir, which provides drinking water to Boston and several other nearby communities, the Boston Herald reports. Three locks had been cut to gain access to the reservoir.

The incidents, two of which received scant media attention at the time, now have authorities and legislators worried about the possibility of terrorist acts’ being committed against the nation’s power grid and other utility operations.

Those attack reports follow a report by The Wall Street Journal that a sniper assault last April 16, a day after the Boston bombings, knocked out an electrical substation near San Jose, Calif. No arrests have been made in that attack.

“It does seem that we have to be awakened by a cataclysmic event before we pay attention,” retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West told John Bachman in an exclusive interview Wednesday on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

“We have a porous, open border,” said West, a former Florida GOP congressman. “You have some bad actors coming across, but it’s not just that dry-run attack against a power plant. There are also a couple of instances, in [West] Virginia and also in the Boston area, where water-supply plants, people were trying to infiltrate there as well.”

In an interview on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV on Wednesday, counterterrorism expert Fred Fleitz called the California assault “a trial run for a terrorist attack.”

Fleitz is a former CIA analyst and FBI agent who is now chief analyst for the global intelligence forecaster LIGNET.

“What Americans don’t realize is that we now have something called a smart-grid system, where our electric grid is linked to other grids over the Internet and by computers,” he said. “A major attack on one part of the grid could cause a devastating outage that could put tens of millions of Americans in the dark.”

The 52-minute attack in California occurred at the Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.’s power substation in Metcalf, a community in southern San Jose.

Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, said the assault was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.”

He told The Journal that the incident may have been a dress rehearsal for a bigger attack.

The FBI said that it was “continuing to sift through the evidence” but that it did not think a terrorist group was behind the incident, The Journal reports.

The attack began at 12:58 a.m., when underground AT&T fiber-optic telecommunications cables were slashed in a vault not far from the Metcalf facility.

Other cables were also cut. At 1:31 a.m., the facility, situated near a freeway, came under sustained rifle fire. AK-47 bullet casings found later had been wiped clean of fingerprints.

The shooters were apparently aiming for the oil-filled cooling systems intended to keep the transformers from overheating, The Journal reported. Though they were riddled with bullet holes and hemorrhaged 52,000 gallons of oil, the transformers did not explode.

The attackers had left the scene by the time sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Seventeen huge power transformers had been disabled. Company officials initially declared the incident vandalism. Cameras were positioned facing inward and did not pick up images of the shooters.

Upon further investigation, it looked more like the handiwork of professionals who had done advance preparation and reconnaissance, The Journal reported.

The substation was brought back online after 27 days as other power plants increased their production of electricity to make up for the loss.

“The FBI is still not prepared to say that this was a terrorist attack, even though this power station was attacked with AK47s,” Fleitz told Malzberg.

“There was a systematic plan to cut the phone lines, the fiber-optic cables in a way that couldn’t be detected or easily repaired.”

Meanwhile, the two women and five men that Massachusetts state troopers found in the middle of the night at the Quabbin Reservoir in Boston last May after the marathon bombings said they were all chemical engineers who simply wanted to check out the facility, the Examiner reports. Three locks had been cut to gain access to the reservoir.

No charges were ever filed against the trespassers — even though the Massachusetts State Police unsuccessfully appealed the decision.

The names of the “chemical engineers” were never released to the public, the Boston Herald reports, and their whereabouts are currently unknown.

According to New Jersey.com, a United Water official said Mohammed was discovered by employees Jan. 17 after they “heard cries for help” inside the 20-inch pipe.

“He must have traversed through a basin and climbed up into a pipe for reasons unknown at this time,” Jim Mastrokalos, the company’s director of operations, told the news website.

The plant is surrounded by barbed wire fences, and the investigation involved determining how Mohammed gained access to the plant without detection.

Mohammed, who police said lived neared the plant, was charged with fourth-degree criminal trespass and was required to pay for the costs of rescuing him from the pipe, local news website 12 New Jersey reports.

In West Virginia, CNN reports, subpoenas have been issued requiring testimony for what one federal official confirmed was a criminal investigation into the chemical spill at the Freedom Industries storage plant.

An independent water test conducted for CNN this week found trace levels of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM, in both untreated river water and tap water from two homes in Charleston.

Elizabeth Scharman, West Virginia’s poison control director, told CNN that MCHM has not been widely studied.

“We don’t know the safety info, how quickly it goes into air, its boiling point,” Scharman said.

The chemical is used to wash coal before it goes to market to reduce ash, CNN reports. Exposure can cause vomiting, dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, and irritated skin, among other symptoms.

West, the former Florida congressman, told Newsmax that these attempts were “all part of asymmetrical warfare, and if we don’t start to recognize it and put a focus on it, the enemy is always going to look for the gaps by which they can exploit you.”

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By Todd Beamon

Coke’s Multilingual ‘America the Beautiful’ Ad Draws Fire.


Coca-Cola bought more than a Super Bowl ad when it aired a commercial featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in various languages – it also got a lot of controversy for its $8 million.

“If we cannot be proud enough as a country to sing ‘America the Beautiful’ in English in a commercial during the Super Bowl, by a company as American as they come — doggone we are on the road to perdition,” wrote former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., on his website.

West called the 60-second ad “truly disturbing” and included a lengthy quote by former President Teddy Roosevelt, which ended, “We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, liked the ad, tweeting:

Twitter lit up with people on both sides of the debate, some praising the ad for inclusiveness and others saying a patriotic American song should not be sung in other languages.

One Twitter photo showed someone pouring a can of Coke down the toilet.

“Apparently singing a song about America in any language other than English is totally unacceptable to a whole lot of TV viewers out there,” read a post on SuperBowlCommercials.org. “And for the record, people… this is not the National Anthem, so stop calling it that.

Coke also aired the first Super Bowl ad featuring a gay couple Sunday night, but it sparked no noticeable controversy.

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By Greg Richter

Van Susteren: I Have More ‘Community Activist’ Experience Than Obama.


She didn’t mean to tell her entire viewership, but Fox News host Greta Van Susteren said on air Thursday that she has more experience as a community activist than President Barack Obama.

Obama is considered, even by his detractors, as a community organizer. He served three years in the mid 1980s setting up job and education training and working for tenants’ rights at a housing project.

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After a discussion with former Rep. Allen West about the Knockout Game, a trend in which young black youths have targeted people to punch in the head, Van Susteren noted that black leaders should be speaking out against it.

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“We’ve got to get this dialogue going,” she said. “We can’t do it just from ‘On the Record‘ here at 7 o’clock at night, because that’s not going to start the dialogue, but we’re trying.”

“Let’s you and I go into a black community and let’ have a forum,” West suggested.

“I’ll go,” Van Susteren replied. “You know, for 12 years I represented poor people (as a lawyer.) I have more experience on the street being a community activist in the cities than a lot of people, other people.”

She didn’t specify who those “other people” were.

But after promoting an upcoming story, Van Susteren, thinking she was off air, turned to West and said in a low voice, “More than the president.”

“Huh?” West said.

“I have more years,” she said, before realizing she was still on air. She quickly turned to the camera and did another promo before going to commercial.

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By Greg Richter

West: Terror Suspect al-Libi Knows He Can ‘Shut Up’.


Captured terror suspect Abu Anas al-Libi knows he can “shut up,” as he will be treated like an American citizen in a U.S. court, former Rep. Allen West complained Wednesday.

“You’re treating him like a common criminal. Now he knows he can plead not guilty. He can shut up,” West, a former Army Lt. Col., told Fox & Friends.

“He’s been lawyered up. And, he’s going to get all of the requisite rights and privileges of the Constitution, like he was an American citizen,” West said about al-Libi, who has spent a decade on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Libya and Tanzania.

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At issue is the decision by the administration of President Barack Obama to bring the suspect to the U.S. and try him in a court of law. Al-Libi pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in a New York City court Tuesday.

West said the nation would be “losing the access to critical intelligence information” by bringing al-Libi to the U.S. Under George W. Bush, captured terror suspects were sent to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for interrogation. However, Obama has made it clear he wants the facility closed.

Bringing al-Libi to the U.S. also negates information he may have shared in the weeks he was held on a U.S. Navy ship following his capture in Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 5.

“Anything that he said on the ship, you’re not going to be able to use that in a court of law because quote, unquote, he was not read his Miranda rights. So, it’s not going to be admissible,” West said.

“These are all the legal machinations that are going to be played. And, the games will be played that will allow him to skirt our system,” he added.

West said the administration is sending a “confusing message,” adding the action enables the terrorist suspect’s lawyers to question whether or not he should have been captured.

“Now we have this instance where they’re going to say he shouldn’t even have been apprehended. It was done illegally.

“Is this a war against Islamic terrorism, or is this just some type of criminal action? That’s the confusing message that’s coming from this administration,” West said.

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Allen West: Obama Acting Like ‘Spoiled Brat’

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By Wanda Carruthers

Allen West: Obama Acting Like ‘Spoiled Brat’.


Former Rep. Allen West of Florida said President Barack Obama’s refusal to negotiate with Republicans is tantamount to the behavior of a “spoiled brat.”

“I can put it very basic Southern terms: a spoiled brat child,” West told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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“We have been giving Barack Obama everything that he has wanted. We gave him a state senator position in Chicago, we gave him a U.S. Senate position out of the state of Illinois, unproven, untested, no resume, we gave him the presidency twice.

“So if you continue to reward bad behavior, you’re going to get more of that bad behavior.”

West, a Republican who was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, said Obama has a deep-rooted “animus” toward the United States.

“Five days before the election in 2008, he said that we were five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. And shame on the media for not challenging him and asking him what does that mean because America is a Constitutional Republic,” West said.

“America is a country and a land of opportunity. What do you want to transform it into? We’re finding that out right now, that he is moving this country away from respecting the Constitution, respecting the three branches of government and their separation of powers and checks and balances, to more of an imperial presidency.”

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Allen West: Special Committee Needed to Probe Benghazi.


A 60-foot scroll was rolled out Tuesday at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., sending a strong message demanding that the attack at Benghazi be investigated.

The scroll contained the names of 1,000 Special Operation veterans who want a special committee formed to look into the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, according to a press release from Special Operations Speaks.

“We have this mantra, ‘Leave no man behind.’ We turned our backs on men who were defending American soil, who were under attack, and that is reprehensible,” Allen West told Fox & Friends Wednesday morning.

West, a former Republican congressman from Florida, was a speaker at the “scroll out” and also signed the discharge petition pushing the House of Representatives to create a special committee to look into the incident.

House Resolution 36 was introduced in the House in January, but “for some odd reason seems blocked from getting on the floor,” West said.

The resolution needs 218 votes in the House to pass.

The Obama administration has come under fire for not looking into the attack at the American compound in Libya. The president was criticized for not initially acknowledging that it was a terrorist attack.

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By Christiana Lilly

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