The family of a U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran came Tuesday to New York, where world leaders are gathered for the UN General Assembly, to press his case and plead for him to be reunited with his dying father.
Amir Hekmati, a 31-year-old American citizen, has been held in Iran for three years since being arrested when he went back to Iran to visit family for the first time. At first, Hekmati was tried on espionage charges and sentenced to death, but that verdict was overturned and he was charged with a lesser offense — for cooperating with the United States, which carries a 10-year sentence.
“His father has terminal cancer,” said Ramy Kurdi, Hekmati’s brother-in-law. “His time is limited, and he is always thinking about being reunited with his son. It is very difficult for him.”
A new that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.
The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.
The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame.
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