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Saturday
Aug212010

ALG Denounces Obama Recess Appointment of Aponte to El Salvadoran Ambassador

"The American people have a right to know if one of their ambassadors has been compromised by enemy intelligence agents.  There are certainly indications to that effect.  Why would Barack Obama appoint somebody with such a troubling background? Why would he appoint somebody with ties to a regime that is the sworn enemy of the U.S.?"ALG President Bill Wilson.

August 20th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned Barack Obama's recess appointment of Mari Del Carmen Aponte for the post of Ambassador to El Salvador, citing "unanswered questions" about Aponte's romantic relationship with a Cuban spy, Roberto Tamayo.

"Because Aponte refused to submit to a polygraph test, the American people still have not received a full, public accounting of the extent of Aponte's relationship with Tamayo.  Instead, all they have received are vague assurances from Senators who claim to have seen the FBI records regarding Aponte and Tamayo," Wilson said.

"Is Aponte a loyalty risk or not? Barack Obama's recess appointment has sidestepped the constitutional Senate confirmation process to avoid having this question answered, leaving it open to interpretation by both the American people and foreign states," Wilson explained, adding, "Without a full accounting, the American people must assume the worst."

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), had defended Aponte after he said he had seen some of the FBI's materials on Aponte and Tamayo.  Wilson said that was "not good enough."

Wilson said the context of her 1986-94 live-in relationship with a Cuban Intelligence Service agent was "troubling, to say the least," noting that during that period, Cuba, the then-Soviet Union, and Nicaragua were fighting a proxy war in El Salvador against the U.S.-backed government there. 

"Aponte has been named ambassador of the very country that her friends in the Cuban government attempted to take over," Wilson said.

In 1993, Florentino Aspillaga, a Cuban Interior Ministry intelligence agent, who defected in 1987, said that Cuban spies were trying to recruit Aponte through Tamayo.

An Insight on the News story detailed Aponte's alleged recruitment by the Cuban spy agency, including receiving a loan which was never paid back that originated from Cuban sources.  According to the a confidential intelligence memo delivered to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms and obtained by Insight, "When the FBI questioned her about her involvement with Cuban intelligence, she reportedly refused to cooperate, saying that since she was not seeking a permanent White House position she was not subject to a background check."

After she failed to take a lie detector test in 1994, Aponte withdrew herself from consideration of Ambassador to the Dominican Republic after committee questions about her suitability continued.

According to a Washington Post article published prior to the appointment, "Republicans want access to all FBI's records on the relationship. The FBI interviewed both Aponte and Tamayo about the matter back in 1993, but Aponte declined to take a lie-detector test. Citing 'personal reasons,' she withdrew from consideration to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic in 1998 after then-Sen. Jesse Helms promised to ask invasive questions about the relationship at her hearing."

Senator Jim DeMint said in an interview with The Cable that "The allegations were apparently serious enough for her to withdraw her nomination in 1998, so I think it's fair to ask some questions."

In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Wilson had written to Senators, "Aponte's nomination is permanently tainted by her 1990's close, personal relationship with a man whom U.S. counterintelligence considered a Cuban DGI agent, according to a confidential intelligence memo that was obtained by Insight magazine." 

The letter continues, "Aponte's failure to cooperate with a 1994 FBI investigation into the allegations, and her refusal to participate in a polygraph test after some of the answers to FBI questions showed minor inconsistencies serve as automatic disqualifiers for this nominee."   

Aponte had cleared the committee in a party line vote which sent her nomination to the floor of the Senate until Obama settled the issue with his recess appointment.

Wilson said that, "this is not over.  It will be fair for Senators to still ask questions of Aponte now that she has been appointed, and it will be fair to closely examine Obama's Central American policy that emerges as a result."

Wilson concluded, "The American people have a right to know if one of their ambassadors has been compromised by enemy intelligence agents.  There are certainly indications to that effect.  Why would Barack Obama appoint somebody with such a troubling background? Why would he appoint somebody with ties to a regime that is the sworn enemy of the U.S.?"

Attachments:

Letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, April 13th, 2010

"Aponte: A Loyalty Risk for Ambassador?", Richard McCarty for ALG News, March 8th, 2010

ALG Nominee Alert, Mari Del Carmen Aponte, March 2010.



Friday
Aug202010

CHQ - Viguerie: Obama's attacks on Americans for Prosperity proves its effectiveness

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Richard Viguerie:  President Obama's attack on conservative Americans for Prosperity proves its grassroots effectiveness
Newsmax -- Richard Viguerie touches on yet another instance of demagoguery from President Obama and the Democrats towards conservatives, this time singling out the conservative grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) for special rebuke because of the AFP's effective ad campaigns against congressional Democrats.  In the end, Viguerie says AFP should be flattered:  "You don't kick a sleeping dog. Mr. Obama and the Democrats, by focusing on AFP, demonstrate they know what an effective job AFP is doing."

The GOP's lost brand needs to be recovered
American Thinker -- Randall Hoven presents the ugly truth about the Republican Party, mainly that it was leading us down the path to socialism well before President Obama took office. There's no need for conservatives to try and revise the record -- numbers don't lie.  Hoven says the GOP needs to become the party of fiscal responsibility once again, to offer a legitimate alternative to the Big Government statist Democrats, and then let the voters decide which vision of government they prefer.

The federal 'Ruling Class' takes care of its own --
Pajamas Media

Rand Paul talks about the Ground Zero mosque, the media, and President Obama --
Daily Caller

Does the 'Republican Media' work against real conservatives? --
BigGovernment.com

Walter Williams:  Will Republicans save us? --
World Net Daily

The many faces of Charlie Crist are looking ugly to Floridians --
American Spectator

Sarah Palin's knack for bringing out strong feelings on both sides of the abortion debate --
Washington Times

Local tea party looks to bring constitutional lessons to classrooms --
Rapid City Journal (SD)


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Richard A. Viguerie
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ConservativeHQ.com

Tuesday
Aug172010

NRSC - Where Does Paul Hodes Stand As President Obama, Harry Reid Trade Barbs On Ground Zero Mosque?

WASHINGTON – Following President Barack Obama’s controversial decision to support the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City, countless individuals have stepped forward and shared their position on this issue, including Hamas’ co-founder, Mahmoud al-Zahar, who said Muslims “have to build” the mosque.

The contentious issue has splintered national leaders of President Obama’s party, including Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who suggested that those who oppose the construction of this mosque don’t understand “what the Constitution is all about.”

Facing an uphill reelection battle in November U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sought to distance himself from Obama and Menendez today as his campaign issued a statement asserting that “the mosque should be built some place else.”

Reid’s political maneuvering comes on the heels of statements from the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Tim Kaine, who claimed that Democrats who distance themselves from the President are “crazy.”

Meanwhile amid this politically-charged intra-party controversy, Democrat Senate hopeful U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) has failed to explain his position on the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero.

“With his fellow Washington Democrats at odds, Paul Hodes needs to tell New Hampshire voters who he agrees with: His could-be Senate Leader Harry Reid, or his national party leader President Obama?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand.  “After helping Obama and Reid ram their costly economic agenda into law in Washington, Hodes can’t have it both ways, and he owes it to voters to make his position clear.”

Thursday
Aug122010

AFP - Obama attacks you -- AFP by name

Want to know the difference you are making with Americans for Prosperity?

President Obama, his poll numbers down in the dumps because of his big government agenda, is now making shrill, desperate attacks on Americans for Prosperity and our 1,200,000 AFP grassroots activists across the nation - folks like you.

Here's what the President said:

Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates all across the country.  And they don't have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are.  You don't know if it's a foreign-controlled corporation.  You don't know if it's a big oil company, or a big bank.  You don't know if it's an insurance company that wants to see some of the provisions in health reform repealed because it's good for their bottom line, even if it's not good for the American people.

The President and his friends on the Left are back to accusing you and me of being front groups for "foreign-controlled corporations" or for "big banks" or a "big oil company" - the President personally denigrates the integrity of over 1,200,000 Americans just because he's angry that we're taking an effective stand against his liberal policies.

How sad.  How outrageous.

Across the nation, literally thousands of our fellow Americans are turning out for our November is Coming bus tour events and grassroots training sessions.  I was in Michigan earlier this week and across Pennsylvania last week.  The atmosphere is electric. CLICK HERE for pictures of these events and our upcoming schedule.

The President is right about one thing - Americans for Prosperity is running ads across the nation urging Americans to call their member of Congress to tell him or her that they better stop supporting big government legislation like the health care takeover, cap-and-tax, and yet more big bloated spending.  CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME OF THESE ADS.

President Obama can continue his attacks but that won't change the fact that November is Coming.  Commit today to doing your part to make sure our fellow Americans send a powerful message to our fellow citizens and to Congress on behalf of freedom and prosperity.  You can knock on doors, call citizens, become a neighborhood leader and so much more.  CLICK HERE to sign up for our November is Coming efforts.

Take heart -- the President is attacking us by name.  He knows, and the Left knows, we are making a crucial difference.  

Tell us your story about your grassroots activism by clicking here. We'll share the stories and let Obama and the Left know you're not "big oil" or "big banks".

Let's keep fighting because much lies ahead.

 

Sincerely,

 Tim's Signature

Tim

PS: You know the real story about AFP. We're supported by over 70,000 Americans just like you. Please consider making a contribution to support our efforts. Any amount will go a long way to defeat President Obama's big government agenda.

Wednesday
Jul282010

Obama's Economic Catastrophe; Sign the Debt Free Petition!

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