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Lt Gen Flynn Confirms He Was A Foreign Agent During The 2016 Campaign
When retired Lt. General Mike Flynn joined Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail last year, he spent much of his time complaining about “pay for play” Washington political lobbying. He stood alongside Trump as the candidate vowed to “drain the swamp” and keep lobbyists out of his White House. He told crowds to “lock her up,” arguing that Hillary Clinton’s weak opsec and closeness to foreign governments made her a criminal.
On Wednesday night, Flynn — who lasted 24 days as national security adviser before his forced resignation for misleading the vice president about his foreign ties — retroactively registered as an overseas lobbyist with the Department of Justice, saying he’d collected $530,000 between last August and November as a “foreign agent” for Turkish government interests. At least a part of his activities involved writing an op-ed for The Hill, published on Election Day, that praised Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Erdogan, and decried a U.S.-based Turkish dissident as a “radical Islamist,” based on info exchanged with his consulting business’s paying Turkish client.
Flynn’s client told the AP he had asked for the $530,000 back, “because of his dissatisfaction with the company's performance.”
Weird how that work had slipped Flynn’s mind during the campaign, where foreign influence on U.S. politics may have come up a few times, and in his required disclosures for his squandered role as the president’s top adviser on sensitive security issues. But Flynn has shown a propensity for memory problems before, apparently forgetting what he’d discussed with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak a couple of times.
Here’s hoping he gets the help he needs with his memory problem. There’s a pill for that.
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
An F-15 is rocking a WWII paint job to honor a B-17 pilot who gave his life to save a wounded crewman
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
After 70 years, service members are finally filing medical malpractice claims against the US military
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.