Allen West “More Outrageous treatment of our Military – This is utter BS”


by Allen West via Facebook

More outrageous treatment of our military. Army 1LT Clint Lorance from Celeste Texas, a 28 year old ground combat platoon leader in the 82d Airborne Division was just sentenced to 20 years in Ft. Leavenworth on two counts of murder. In July 2012, 1LT Lorance ordered the engagement of two Taliban scouts who were tracking his platoon’s movements while on a patrol in Kandahar province, a platoon that had recently experienced losses, including the previous Platoon Leader. According to our ridiculous Rules of Engagement, soldiers in a combat zone are told to hold their fire unless there is evidence of hostile action or direct hostile intent. I spent two and a half years in southern Afghanistan, and we all knew the Taliban utilized fighters on motorcycles and cell phones as scout/trackers. If there are enemy combatants reporting your patrol movements in order to facilitate an attack, how is that not hostile intent? CPT William Miller, the government prosecutor, said 1LT Lorance “used his rank and position to harass, intimidate, threaten, and murder Afghans.” What an incredible dilemma for our men and women in combat: fight and kill the enemy and be sent to prison. Or be killed by the enemy and be denied your death gratuity benefits. This is utter BS and I implore true Americans, and veterans, to melt down the White House, DoD, and Department of the Army phone lines and email.

Allen West “Please explain what is the mission of the US Armed Forces under the Obama Admin”


Allen West via Facebook


Ok, let me get this right, our deployed Troops are counseled about displaying their Christian faith and told to be culturally sensitive to Muslims by not speaking of Christianity or openly showing bibles…but we can have an LGBT pride event at Kandahar (where I was stationed for two years). We are all upside down and silly me I thought that pride came in simply being called Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, or Coast Guardsman (oops, that’s not even PC gender correct). I am seriously confused. Can someone please explain what is the mission of the US Armed Forces under the direction of the Obama administration?

DOD Holds First Lesbian-Gay-Transgender Pride Event in Kandahar, Afghanistan (Video) – (h/t Gateway Pundit)

Kandahar LGBT Pride –  Department of Defense

Published on Jun 28, 2013

Service members deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan observe the 1st Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Pride Event in a deployed environment. Service members discuss what pride means, what they hope to accomplish, and why it is important to fight for equality.

Allen West “Unfriendly Fire On The Fiscal Battlefield”


by Allen B. West via Next Generation TV

The terrain at the bottom of the “fiscal cliff” may be the next battlefield for the U.S. military if across-the-board budget cuts kick in March 1.
The pending sequestration mandated by federal law would force hundreds of thousands of civilian Defense Department workers into furloughs, threaten states where defense contractors fuel the economy, and drive innovators to other countries or other industries in search of work.

“When this begins to hit, I think it’s going to be jaw-dropping,” Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO Marion Blakey said in an interview with Allen West of Next Generation TV.

“We are, as an industry, the arsenal of democracy,” she said. “We do research, develop and manufacture the technology that ensures that we don’t have a level playing field when we go into battle or when we’re threatened.”

Blakey, a former administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, said sequestration would affect all AIA members but, more importantly, “it affects our defense and national security.”

Furloughs implemented on a rolling basis would have “a massive impact to our readiness and how effective we can be,” she said. And the indiscriminate approach to cutting federal spending would impact “both the most important [military programs] and those that perhaps could be put on the backburner.”

Delaying any programs also means they ultimately will cost more, Blakey warned, and both the United States and allies who stand to benefit from programs like the Joint Strike Fighter would lose a step.

The long-term consequences of sequestration could include a lack of interest in the next generation to pursue jobs in the defense and aerospace industries.

“Aerospace engineering is exciting,” Blakey said. “But right now, for the first time in the history of flight, there is no military aircraft in design. None. So what are you going to work on? Where are the challenges going to be?”

Watch the full interview for more of Blakey’s thoughts on the “brain drain” to come from sequestration and the overall impact on innovation in America.

Allen West “The Wolves are at the Door”


As the President prepared for the State of the Union, members of the Defense Department pleaded with Congress to stop impending sequestration cuts calling them “wolves at the door.” Col. Allen B. West talks to Dr. Sebastian Gorka of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to learn how these cuts could harm our ability to deal with North Korea, Afghanistan, and North Africa.

Click here to watch the discussion on Next Generation TV via PJTV 

Wolves at the Door: The Devastating Consequences of Sequestration & Obama’s National Security Legacy

Allen West: We Must Prevent Classified Technology from Reaching Chinese – Read More Here

West Calls for Congressional hearing to ensure technology is not transferred to Chinese Companies

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released a statement today after sending a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) requesting a HASC hearing on the safeguards necessary to ensure United States classified technology is not transferred when an American company is sold to a Chinese company.  The letter specifically draws attention to the upcoming purchase of the American company responsible for manufacturing the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System (EMARSS) by a Chinese company.

“I am deeply concerned that a company currently doing business with the Department of Defense – in this case building the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System (EMARSS) and other sensitive military aircraft for other services – could soon be partially owned by a Chinese company with strong ties to the Beijing municipal government.” West said. “I look forward to hearing directly from counterintelligence experts on the safeguards necessary to ensure that classified technology is never transferred during sales to companies that could pose a risk to the National Security of the United States.”

West’s request for a Congressional hearing comes on the heels of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence concluding in a recent report that two Chinese firms pose a national security threat to the United States and should be blocked from doing business in the country.  See more information and West’s letter to Chairman McKeon here.

Reporters interested in interviewing Rep. West on this subject, please contact Angela Melvin at


Video – Rep. Allen West Criticizes DOD for Not Opening Offices Required to Help Troops Vote

Rep. Allen West Criticizes DOD for Not Opening Offices Required to Help Troops Vote

By Melanie Hunter for CNS News

(  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Thursday chided Pamela Mitchell, acting director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, for not completing the goal of the MOVE Act of 2009 – to open a voter assistance office on every military installation, except in a war zone.

Mitchell testified alongside Ambassador Kenneth Moorefield, the Defense Department’s deputy inspector general for plans and operations, before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, which examined the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

West framed his question in a metaphor, asking, “If a commander says to a unit and the … first sergeant: We want the unit to go down to the motor pool, and we want to do PMCS (Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services) on vehicles, take care of our vehicle today. But instead, if the unit goes off to the barracks and they clean up the barracks, did the unit meet the commander’s mission and intent?”

“No, sir. They did not,” Mitchell responded.

West read the MOVE Act, saying it was “designed to ensure that American men and women serving overseas have every opportunity to vote, requiring military services to open a voter assistance office on every one of its installations, except in a war zone.”



Rep Allen West – Supporting Our Troops

There he goes again.

President Obama has decided he needs to cut the budget.  But he’s trying to do it on the backs of our brave men and women in uniform.

More than ever it is critical that I run an effective campaign to help fight for our values.

Here are the facts.  The Administration recently jacked up the prices our soldiers will pay for health insurance.  But civilian employees — union members — won’t have to tighten their belts one bit.

This is an affront to our soldiers who risk literally everything so we can remain safe and free.  But in President Obama’s world, it makes sense.

You see, it’s an election year.  Obama and his political advisors know that federal employees are already pro-Democrat.  They have a vested interest in government getting bigger.

And the last thing he wants to do is alienate a voting bloc that he needs in November.

But buying votes with military benefits is just wrong.  And we shouldn’t stand for it, or other policies which run counter to what we believe as Americans.

I’ve always worked for a leaner, smaller government.  We must do more with less.  Our debt and deficit are out of control.  That’s why one of my first acts was rooting out waste in the Department of Defense.  There are no “sacred cows” when it comes to saving taxpayer dollars.

But forcing those who make the ultimate sacrifice to pay more doesn’t line up with what is true and right about our country.  We should be honoring our military, not penalizing them.

Thank you for all you have done for the campaign, the nation, and the values we hold dear.

Steadfast and loyal,

LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress


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National Defense Authorization Act – Congressman Allen West Official Statement


Background on the NDAA:

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA) authorizes $554 billion for the base budget, and $114 billion for overseas contingency operations. The NDAA includes $530 billion for the Department of Defense and $11.1 billion for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The National Defense Authorization Act extends vital troop pay and war-related authorities. Other vital authorities include enlistment and reenlistment bonuses, retention and accession pay for critical skills, and pay for hazardous duties.

Funding levels authorized by the Fiscal Year 2012 NDAA have been reduced significantly from the original House of Representatives-passed version to comply with the first tier of the Budget Control Act’s requirement to cut Defense spending by an estimated $465 billion over ten years.

Authorized funding has been reduced by $19 billion from the Fiscal Year 2011 NDAA, $21.8 billion from the House-passed version of the Fiscal Year 2012 NDAA, and $24.1 billion from President Obama’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2012. Under sequestration, an additional $500 billion will be cut over ten years, beginning in 2013.

Additional important aspects of the National Defense Authorization Act include:

• Ensures our troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world have the equipment, resources, authorities, training, and time needed to successfully complete their missions and return home;

• Provides a 1.6 percent increase in military pay;

• Provides our warfighters and their families with the resources and support they need, deserve, and have earned;

• Invests in the capabilities and force structure needed to protect the United States from current and future threats;

• Mandates fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability within the Department of Defense;

• Incentivizes competition for every tax-payer dollar associated with funding Department of Defense requirements.

• Freezes nearly $700M in aid to Pakistan pending DOD delivery of a strategy for improving the effectiveness of such assistance and assurances that Pakistan is countering Improvised Explosive Devices networks in their country that are targeting coalition forces. This freeze includes the majority of the $1.1 billion in Pakistan Counterinsurgency Funds.

• Includes critical provisions to clarify and reaffirm the military’s responsibility and authority to detain al Qaeda terrorists. The bill strengthens policies and procedures used to detain, interrogate, and prosecute al Qaeda, the Taliban, affiliated groups, and those who substantially support them.

• Prohibits the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees to or within the United States;
– Prohibits the use of funds to house Guantanamo detainees in the United States;
– Reaffirms the lawful detention of individuals from al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces engaged in
armed conflict with the United States, without extending new authority to detain U.S. citizens; and
– Requires military custody for al Qaeda and associated terrorists who are captured plotting an attack on
the United States, except where the Secretary of Defense waives this requirement as not being in the
national security interest of the United States.  This provision explicitly exempts U.S. citizens.



(WASHINGTON)– Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement tonight after voting Yes, in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012:

“The 2012 defense bill is a key mechanism by which the Congress of the United States fulfills its constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense.  This bill marks the 50th consecutive enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act, and I am proud to have served as a Core Conferee working on the final language that passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support by a vote of 283-136.

“Included in the Fiscal Year 2012 NDAA are two of the three YouCut bills that I introduced on March 29, 2011 which will generate a total savings of more than $180 million in wasteful DOD spending through 2016. One of these – H.R. 1246 – passed the House of Representatives unanimously by a vote of 393-0. As a Freshman Member of the United States Congress, I am proud the 2012 NDAA includes my bipartisan provisions that target wasteful spending at the Department of Defense.

“Ten years after September 11, 2001, the extremist and terrorist threat against the United States and our allies continues to evolve. As we begin drawing down forces in Afghanistan, and are conscious of the rise of al Qaeda affiliates in places like Yemen, the 2012 NDAA recognizes the war against radical Islam is broader than operations in any single country. The bill strengthens policies and procedures used to detain, interrogate, and prosecute al Qaeda, the Taliban, affiliated groups, and those who substantially support them. And finally, the NDAA recognizes the importance of investing in future capability and technology and of ensuring DOD has robust capabilities, especially those residing within Special Operations Forces, to meet emerging challenges on the battlefield of today and in the future.”