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Rubens For US Senate - Brown Calls for Obama to Issue Executive Order Removing Citizenship  

Our system of government is set up so that our representatives in Congress can debate and approve legislation that the President proposes.  President Obama, having had no success moving his agenda in Congress, has repeatedly utilized executive orders to get around this Constitutional process.

I know you agree that this approach is unacceptable and a threat to our democracy.  Scott Brown does not agree.  Today he suggested that Obama should consider issuing an executive order revoking citizenship of Americans that we believe may be helping terrorists, stating "this is one executive order that I'd agree with".


The rise of barbaric enemies like ISIS makes it critically important that we do everything within our power to protect our citizens.  During times like these good intentions can lead to stripping away of personal liberties.
That is exactly what Scott Brown proposed this morning, calling for the stripping of citizenship from Americans believed to be aiding terrorists.  This is not a new proposal, in fact it was introduced in 2010 and 2012 in Congress.  Both times, it was very quickly determined that they so egregiously violated the Constitution, they never even made it to a vote.
There are many reasons it violates the Constitution including only requiring that the violation was "more likely to happen than not" and the vague definition of "engaging in hostilities against American or its allies" which could be broad enough to include donating books to a school in Afghanistan.  The Supreme Court has long recognized that the constitutional right of citizenship cannot be taken away unless a person obtained it illegally or voluntarily renounced American citizenship,
This is a reaction based on fear and anger rather than smart counter-terrorism policy.  A recent example of this was when Scott Brown voted for the Patriot Act.  The Patriot Act has allowed the government to spy on our e-mails and phone conversations and has done nothing to reduce the threat of terrorism.

Make no mistake, anyone found to be aiding terrorists should be brought to swift justice.  Our system already allows for that without the stripping away of Constitutional rights of the citizens we are trying to protect.


Lambert For Congress (CD2) - Lambert Statement: No Strategy is Irresponsible and Outrageous 

Nashua, NH - In response to President Obama's press conference this afternoon where he admitted "We don't have a strategy yet" in reference to Iraq and ISIL, U.S. Marine Corps Colonel (Ret.) released the following statement:


"The President's admission today that he has no strategy for dealing with ISIL is outrageous and irresponsible," said Lambert. "President Obama has sent Americans into harm’s way by conducting air strikes and placing military advisers on the ground. That should never happen without a strategy in place to accomplish a defined, achievable objective."


"I call on Congress, and in particular my representative Ann Kuster, to demand President Obama present a strategy for dealing with ISIL before proceeding with any further military action. American lives are at risk and the President needs explain to the American people what it is they are putting their lives on the line for before continuing this course of action."





President Obama “no strategy” statement:



Information on Gary Lambert’s Military/National Security Experience:


A U.S. Marine (active duty and reserve) since 1979

  • Deputy Staff Judge Advocate ("Number Two" coalition military lawyer in Iraq), Multi-National Force - Iraq, Camp Victory, Baghdad (2004-2005)
  • President, Combined Multi-National Force and Iraq Ministries of Justice, Interior and Human Rights' Detainee Review Board, Baghdad, Iraq (2004-2005)
  • Awarded the Bronze Star Medal (2005)
  • Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Military Coordination and Liaison Command, Stuttgart, Germany during initial invasion of Iraq (2003)
  • Masters of Strategic Studies, Army War College (2003)

Guinta For Congress (CD1) - President Informs the World: "We Don't Have a Strategy"

Will Anyone Lead?

This afternoon, President Obama held a press conference to discuss several of the ongoing crises around the word. During the press conference, he stated "we don't have a strategy" with regard to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

Jay Ruais, Campaign Manager for Frank Guinta released the following statement:

"The lack of a coherent strategy, or for that matter any strategy, to deal with an escalating threat of this nature is grossly negligent. While the White House continues its fishing expedition for the next red herring to distract the public from these crises, it is equally troubling that Congresswoman Shea-Porter refuses to demand any accountability. The Congresswoman sits on the House Armed Services Committee, when will Granite Staters see the leadership our state and nation deserve?”


CEI Today: Obama's international climate change agenda, private aid vs gov't goons, Comcast/TWC merger

Thursday, August 28, 2014
In the News Today



"The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.," reports the New York Times. But CEI's William Yeatman disputes the paper's political analysis:

The New York Times story incorrectly intimated that the President's plan to circumvent the Congress is based on the need to avoid Republican opposition in the Senate.

In fact, opposition to climate change mitigation policy is robustly bipartisan. Not much has changed since 1997 when the Senate effectively refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol by a 98-0 vote. Senators from both sides the aisle readily recognize that an climate policy is a bigger threat to human wellbeing than is climate change.

> Interview William Yeatman



The Freeman: Sending Money Home: Technology or Bureaucracy?

Remittances are helping poor people globally, but regulators loom. In 2011, total private flows of aid totaled $680 billion—almost five times the $138 billion official figure. As I
noted in 2005, “the future of aid to developing countries is private.”

This increase in private aid is great news for all concerned. Except, perhaps, for bureaucrats, who are loath to let good deeds go unpunished. World Bank and United Nations bean counters are denouncing remittance transfer fees as exploitative. > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray


Comcast-TWC Merger Comments to FCC


In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute urged the FCC to unconditionally approve Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable (“TWC”). By promptly approving the deal, the Commission is likely to serve the public interest by advancing consumer welfare and facilitating robust competition. > Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia



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Martin For US Senate - Andy Martin tells Bedford, NH Republicans Obama delay may have doomed Foley 

Andy Martin says reports in the Sunday Times of London indicate procrastination by President Obama may have doomed James Foley


Andy says a “dangerous new world” has arisen and that Americans need experienced new leadership in Washington


Andy says Obama’s delays in authorizing a rescue of James Foley may be Obama’s latest “Benghazi-style” disaster


(Manchester, NH) (August 25, 2014) 


Dear Bedford Republican:


Thank you for inviting me to your breakfast today. As a candidate I have somewhat unique qualifications for the dangerous new world that has evolved with the murder of James Foley.


First, I am the only candidate who is familiar with the Middle East. I first went to there in 1970. After being among the few Republicans to oppose the invasion of Iraq I lived in Baghdad in 2003.


Sunday the Sunday Times [of London] carried a long article on how Obama’s delays in authorizing a rescue may have doomed Jim Foley. I have attached the first page and will post the full article on Because I monitor the foreign press, from the Middle East to Asia to the U.K., I often find reporting that is not being made available in the U. S. In effect, foreigners get a more complete picture of what is going on in Washington than we do.


I think you will find the Times of London article disturbing. Barack Obama’s penchant for procrastination is well-known. He cost us American lives in Benghazi. He now appears to have cost James Foley his life.


I will keep investigating to find the truth abut what Obama did or did not do to rescue Jim Foley.


Now more than ever, we need a senator in Washington who has the foreign policy experience to lead a bipartisan movement for a strong response to eradicate ISIS.






[Andy has over forty years of experience in Asia, Southwest Asia and the Middle East; he is regarded overseas as one of America’s most respected independent foreign policy, military and intelligence analysts. He was in Iran and Afghanistan during the hostage crisis in 1979-80, and has regularly returned to Southwest Asia since then. He lived in Iraq in 2003. His analysis of the terrorist threat in Iran during 1979-80, and again in Iraq in 2003, were leading-edge predictions of what Americans faced in the future. Andy first went to Asia in 1967 and has lived in or been in Israel, Jordan, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Viet-Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.]