The Obama administration denies they paid money to Iran in exchange for hostages. In typical doublespeak, they argue they obtained hostages in exchange for money, and it really wasn't ransom.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered a policy speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on August 15, in which he focused on immigration and terrorism, as well as foreign policy. Trump prefaced his speech by saying: “Today we begin a conversation about how to Make America Safe Again.”

Outrage is growing nationwide, and especially in Congress, after the Obama administration was exposed paying what is alleged to be an illegal $400 million cash ransom to the totalitarian Islamist rulers of Iran in exchange for four captured Americans. Republican lawmakers blasted the White House, saying the supposed appeasement of the Iranian mullahs would put Americans at greater risk of kidnapping around the world, as hostile regimes and terror groups seek to extort U.S. taxpayers. Iranian officials quoted in media reports also described the secret payment as a “ransom.” The Obama administration fired back, though, saying the huge cash shipment to Iranian authorities right around the time the prisoners were released was not in any way related to the handing over of four detained Americans.

A pro-ISIS hacking collective known as the United Cyber Caliphate (UCC), which has a history of posting online “kill lists,” posted a hit list on July 25 with the names of 700 U.S. Army soldiers.

On July 15, Congress finally released the 28 classified pages of the famous 9/11 Commission Report, a move that has long been called for by former Democratic Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham.

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